Ahead of the Jewish New Year, Israel’s population stands at just over 9.5 million, the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) said in data released Tuesday.
According to statistics, 9.593 million people live in the country. Of these, 7.069 million (74%) are Jews, 2.026 million (21%) are Arabs and 498,000 (5%) are neither.
The government agency said the population is expected to reach 10 million by the end of 2024, around 15 million by 2048 and 20 million by the end of 2065.
Among Jews aged 20 and over in Israel, 45.3% define themselves as secular, 19.2% traditional but not very observant, 13.9% traditional-religious, 10.7% religious and 10.5% Haredi.
Israel’s population has grown by around 187,000 people since Rosh Hashanah 2021, at a rate of 1.8%, a slight increase from last year.
During the year, 177,000 babies were born in Israel.
Some 53,000 people have died, around 4,000 of them from the coronavirus. Almost a quarter of deaths were due to cancer and a further 13.4% died of heart disease.
Last year also saw the arrival of around 59,000 new immigrants to Israel – a jump from previous years, fueled by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Life expectancy for men in Israel was 80.5 years and for women 84.6 years.
In 1948, when the Jewish state was established, the population of Israel was 806,000 people. Since then, 3.3 million people have immigrated to the country, CBS reported.