On Independence Day, May 7, 2003, Israel’s population stood at 6.7 million according to Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics.

The Jewish population is approximately 5.4 million (counting for 38% of the world’s Jews); the non-Jewish population is approximately 1.3 million (82% of these are Muslims, 9% are Christians and 9% are Druze).

Israel’s population has grown more than eight-fold over the 15.5.48 population of 806,000.

Since last Independence Day, the population of the state of Israel has grown by 131,000, an annual growth rate of 2%.

Three million people have immigrated to Israel since 1948, with more than one million coming since 1990. 31,000 have immigrated in the past year.

140,000 babies were born in Israel during the past year.

Jerusalem has 680,000 residents; its population grew by 1.7% during the past year.

In 1948, 36% of the country’s population lived in the Tel Aviv area; 18% does so today.

In 1948, 2.5% of the country’s population lived in the southern district; 14% does so today.

Israel is reported to be one of the world’s most densely populated countries, with an average 294 people per square kilometer. The biggest chunk of this population lives in the Tel Aviv region.

The life expectancy of Israeli men is 76.7 years; for Israeli women it is 80.9 years.

Population figures by groups (absolute figures)

 

1995 (census) 2005 (projected) 2020 (projected)
Total 5,612,300 6,998,700 8,994,300
Israeli Jews 4,522,300 5,357,900 6,520,800
Israeli Arabs 1,004,500 1,362,500 2,091,900
  Muslim Arabs 811,200 1,128,700 1,788,100
  Christian Arabs 101,000 116,900 141,800
  Druze 92,300 116,900 162,000
Others 85,600 278,300 381,600
  Non-Arab Christians* 19,600 27,400 32,400
  Unclassified** 66,000 250,900 349,200

 

Population figures by group and age (absolute figures / percent of total population)

 

0-14 15-24 25-44 45-64 65+
Israeli Jews 1,216,300
21.7%
767,800
13.7%
1,204,900
21.5%
813,700
14.5%
519,700
9.3%
Israeli Arabs 410,000
7.2%
211,200
3.8%
257,400
4.5%
95,300
1.8%
30,300
0.56%
  Muslim Arabs 345,000
6.1%
171,700
3.1%
203,500
3.6%
70,200
1.3%
20,800
0.4%
  Christian Arabs 30,400
0.5%
19,000
0.3%
29,400
0.5%
16,200
0.3%
6,000
0.1%
  Druze 34,900
0.6%
20,500
0.4%
24,500
0.4%
8,900
0.2%
3,500
0.06%
Others 21,700
0.37%
14,400
0.25%
31,800
0.5%
13,200
0.24%
4,500
0.08%
  Non-Arab Christians* 4,200
0.07%
2,800
0.05%
6,700
0.1%
3,900
0.07%
2,000
0.04%
  Unclassified** 17,500
0.3%
11,600
0.2%
25,100
0.4%
9,300
0.17%
2,500
0.04%