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On Eve of Rosh HaShanah, Israel’s Population Tops 9 Million

September 17, 2020

by: Yaron Druckman

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Celebrating Independence Day in Israel on April 29, 2020

Thursday, 17 September 2020 | There are today some 9,246,000 residents of Israel, the Central Bureau of Statistics said Wednesday, as it released its annual population report on the eve of Rosh Hashanah [Jewish New Year], which begins on Friday.

The CBS also predicted that Israel’s population was set to reach 10 million people by the end of 2024, 15 million by the end of 2048, and 20 million by 2065.

According to the CBS, since September 1, 2019, approximately 170,000 babies have been born in Israel, 44,000 people have died, and 20,000 people have made aliyah [immigrated to Israel].

All in all, Israel’s population has grown by 150,000 people since Rosh HaShanah 2019.

About 6,841,000 of the residents of Israel are Jews, constituting 74% of the population. About 1,946,000 (21%) are Arab and some 459,000 people are non-Arab Christians, members of other religions and people without a religious affiliation.

The data also shows that 43.1% of Jews in Israel define themselves as secular, 21.1% as traditional, 12.8% as traditional-religious, 11.3% as religious and 10.1% as ultra-Orthodox.

The data also show that life expectancy for women in Israel is 84.7 years and 81 years for men.

The data also show that about 74% of Israelis live in cities, about 15% in local councils, about 10% in regional councils and 0.7% in localities without municipal status.

The data also show that 11.5% of Israelis experienced poverty in the past year. In addition, 20.2% of Israelis feel permanently or periodically stressed; 19.6% feel often or occasionally lonely and 24.9% have felt discriminated against in the past year.

Posted on September 17, 2020

Source: (Excerpt from an article originally published by Ynetnews on September 16, 2020. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our publication today. See original article at this link.)

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