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Israels Population Hits 7.5 million On Eve of 62nd Indepenence Day

On the eve of its 62nd Independence Day, Israel has nearly 7.59 million people and is growing at a rate of 1.8 percent per year, according to figures released Sunday by the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).

Published ahead of Yom Ha’atzmaut, which begins Monday evening, some 75.5 percent of the total population, 5,726,000 people, is Jewish, while the Arab population has reached 1,548,000 (20.4%) and those not identified as either make up 4.1% of the population, or 313,000 people.

Since Independence Day last year, 159,000 babies were born in Israel while 37,000 people passed away. Close to 16,000 new immigrants arrived over the past year, with an additional 9,000 ex-pat Israelis returning home.

The majority of the population – 70% – are sabras (Israeli-born) and most are them are the second generation in Israel. This is compared to 1948, when only 35% of Israelis had been here.

via Israel’s population hits 7.5 million.

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