The Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) has released population information as it does annually, as Israel prepares to celebrate Independence Day, this year being the 70th. Israel’s population is 8.842 million people.
According to the CBS report, the Jewish population in Israel stands at 6.589 million, Arabs at 1.849 million (20.9% of the total population), Christians and other ethnicities 404,000 or 4.6% of the total population [including non-Muslim Arabs].
Back in 1948, when the world Jewish population stood at 11.5 million, the population of the State of Israel was 806,000. That means 6% of world Jewry was in Israel. Today’s world Jewish population is reportedly 14.51 million, with 45% living in the State of Israel.
Back in 2016, the fertility rate among Jewish women was 3.06 children, with Arabs women averaging 3.11 children. The OECD average is 1.7 children.
Life expectancy for women in 1949 was 67.6 years and 64.9 for men. At the end of 2016, the CBS reports the age for women was 84.2 and 80.6 for men.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)