Kristine L Ming

Israel’s population reaches more than 8 million at year’s end

Israel’s population is over 8 million at the close of 2013, the Central Bureau
of Statistics announced Sunday.

The CBS report, published just days
before the New Year, estimates that the population of Israel is

The country’s population increased by 1.8 percent – or 147,000
people – since 2012, according to the report.

Before this past Rosh
Hashana, CBS’s annual report showed that the Israeli population surpassed 8

Sunday’s data showed that 75.2% of the country – approximately
6.1 million Israelis – are Jewish. The Arab population of Israel, which includes
Muslims, Arab-Christians, and Druse, is 20.6% – 1.6 million. The remaining 4% of
Israel’s population – 348,000 – are either non-Arab Christians, individuals
practicing another religion, or those with no religious affiliation.

report also showed that 175,000 infants were born in Israel in 2013. In a
similar report CBS published on Independence Day last April, about 41,000 people
died and some 163,000 infants were born from 2012’s Independence Day to

Israel’s population is on track to reach 11.4 million by 2035,
according to a report CBS released in June. Israel’s annual population growth
rate, however, is predicted to decline from 1.8% to 1.4% because of declining
fertility rates.

Nevertheless, Israel will remain exceptionally fertile,
especially in comparison to neighboring Arab states. Citing UN estimates, CBS
indicated the most fertile Arab nation, Jordan, has a projected 2035 fertility
rate of 2.41 children born to the average woman. Israel’s Jewish fertility rate,
in comparison, is predicted to increase from 2.99 to 3.04, while the rate for
Israeli Muslims is projected to decline from 3.37 to 2.71.

CBS also
estimates that Israel’s already high life expectancy is set to increase across
all sectors by 2035. In 22 years, the average Jewish female born in Israel may
expect to live 89.5 years, as opposed to 86.3 for Arab females, 84.8 for Jewish
males, and 81.6 for Arab males.

CBS’s latest population statistics do not
account for the foreign population of approximately 202,000 who live in Israel,
which includes anyone who entered Israel without a residence permit.

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