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Jewish population of Israel surges past 75% as total population reaches 8.2 million

By Mason White 4:13 PM May 5, 2014
Thousands of Jews at the Western Wall 

By: Aryeh Savir
The Jewish population of the State of Israel surged past the 75 percent mark as Israel celebrated 66 years of independence, the Tazpit News Agency reported.

The Israel Central Bureau of Statistics released its traditional Yom Ha’atzmaut statistical report about the citizens of Israel.

Israel has now 8,180,000 residents, almost ten times more than the 806,000 citizens when Israel was established in 1948.

The Jewish population stands at 6,135,000 or 75 percent of the entire population. Israel’s Arab citizens constitute 20.7 percent of its total population or 1,694,000 citizens. 4.3 percent are listed as “others,” which include non-Arab Christians and adherents of other religions.

Since the last Independence Day, Israel’s population has grown by 157,000, or 2 percent. 178,000 babies were born and 24,000 new immigrants have arrived. 42,000 have passed away.

In 1948, only one city had over 100,000 residents – Tel Aviv-Yafo. Today, 14 cities have over 100,000 residents. Six cities have over 200,000 residents, including Jerusalem, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Haifa, Rishon Lezion, Ashdod and Petah Tikva.