Israel’s population stands at 8,345,000, according to the annual Independence Day report by the Central Bureau of Statistics. When Israel was founded in 1948, the population was just 806,000.
The report shows a two percent population growth over last year’s data, citing 176,000 Israeli babies born and 32,000 new immigrants to Israel.
Israel’s Jewish population numbers 6,251,000 (74.9 percent). The report says there are 1,730,000 Arabs (20.7 percent) and 364,000 (4.4 percent) others (Christians, non-Arabs and other religions).
In 1948, just 35 percent of Israelis were sabras. Today, 75 percent of Israelis are born in the country.
The report also highlights the urbanization over the years. In 1948, Tel Aviv-Yafo was the country’s only city that had a population greater than 100,000. Today, Israel has 14 cities meeting those criteria. Of those, six cities boast a population of more than 200,000 — Jerusalem, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Haifa, Ashdod, Rishon Lezion, and Petach Tikva.