Jewish New Year: Israel's population nears 8M mark
Data published Tuesday by the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) reveals that on the eve of Rosh Hashanah 5773 (2012), the population of Israel numbers approximately 7,933,200– with 5,978,600 Jews, 1,636,600 Arabs, and approximately 318,000 persons categorized as "others".
In addition, there are some 203,000 foreign workers currently living in Israel.
The data further revealed that at the end of 2011, Israel's population numbered 7.837 million: Of those, 5.907 million were Jews (75.4%), 1.611 million were Arabs (20.5%), and another 318,000 were Others (4.1%).
This means that the growth rate of the total population during 2011 was 1.8%, similar to the previous eight years. A similar rate of growth was prevalent in Israel during the 1980's, when there was a low rate of immigration.
In the 1990's, years with a high rate of immigration from the Former Soviet Union, the average rate of growth was approximately 3% per year.
In 2011, the rate of growth of the Jewish population was 1.8% (similar to previous years), of the Arab population – 2.4% (a decrease from 3.4% during 1996–2000). The population of "Others" was unchanged.
The rate of growth of the Moslem population was 2.5%, of the Christian population – 1.3%, and of the Druze population – 1.7%.
The Israeli population is considered a relatively younger population than that of Western countries.
In 2011, the percentage of children aged 0-14 in Israel was 28.2% and the percentage of those aged 65 and over was 10.3%, compared to 18.5% and 15% on average in OECD member countries, respectively.
The share of those aged 75 and over among the Israeli population grew moderately over the years: 4.8% in 2011, compared with 3.8% at the beginning of the nineties.
Among Jews, the share of those aged 75 and over was relatively higher (5.9% in 2011, compared with 4.4% at the beginning of the nineties).