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Demographics of Israel

Updated: 2017-09-08T20:58Z
Demographics of Israel
Population of Israel since 1949.svg
Population of Israel since 1949
Population8,585,500 (96th)
Density377/km2 (35th)
Growth rate2.0% [1]
Birth rate21.5 births/1,000 population (101st)
Death rate5.2 deaths/1,000 population (174th)
Life expectancy82.01 years (8th)
 • male80.02 years
 • female84.0 years
Fertility rate3.13 children born/woman (76th)
Infant mortality rate4.03 deaths/1,000 live births (25th)
Age structure
0–14 years27.3%
15–64 years62.2%
65 and over10.5%
Sex ratio
Total1.01 male(s)/female
At birth1.05 male(s)/female
Under 151.05 male(s)/female
15–64 years1.03 male(s)/female
65 and over0.78 male(s)/female
Major ethnicJews, Arabs
Minor ethnicDruze, Arameans, Armenians, Circassians
OfficialHebrew, Arabic
SpokenEnglish, Russian

The demographic features of Israel are monitored by the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. The State of Israel has a population of approximately 8,585,000 inhabitants as of September 2016.[2] 74.8% percent of them are Jews (about 6,419,000 individuals), 20.8% are Arab (about 1,786,000 individuals), while the remaining 4.4% (about 380,000 individuals) are defined as "others" (including family members of Jewish immigrants who are not registered at the Ministry of Interior as Jews, non-Arab Christians, non-Arab Muslims and residents who do not have an ethnic or religious classification).

Israel's annual population growth rate stood at 2.0% in 2015, more than three times faster than the OECD average of around 0.6%.[3] With an average of 3 children per woman, Israel also has the highest fertility rate in the OECD by a considerable margin, and much higher than the OECD average of 1.7[4]

Generally, population trends in Israel reflect distinct patterns of three sub-groups: Non-Haredi Jews (around 63.3% of the population), Haredi Jews (11.7%), and Arabs (20.7%).[5] Over the past decade, the Muslim annual population growth has fallen significantly from around 3% to less than 2.2% by 2013,[6] while the overall Jewish growth rate rose from around 1.4% to 1.7%, primarily due to the expanding Haredi sector.[7]


The territory of Israel can be defined in a number of ways as a result of a complex and unresolved political situation (see table below). For example, whilst the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics defines the area of Israel to include the annexed East Jerusalem and Golan Heights and to exclude the militarily controlled regions of the West Bank, the CBS defines the population of Israel to also include Israeli settlers living in the Area C of West Bank and the Muslim residents of East Jerusalem and Area C, who have Israeli residency or citizenship.

RegionStatusPopulation (thousands)Area (km2)
Israelis (including Jews and Muslims)Cumulative totalNon-Israeli PalestiniansCumulative totalAreaCumulative total
Green LineArea sovereign to Israel after 1949 Armistice Agreements6,819[8]---20,582[8]
East JerusalemOccupied by Israel in 1967. Annexed by Israel via the Jerusalem Law of 1980, The law was not recognised internationally[9] and determined null and void by United Nations Security Council Resolution 478.[10][11]455[12]-225 (double counted)[13]-336[14]-
Golan HeightsOccupied by Israel in 1967. Annexed by Israel via the Golan Heights Law of 1981, The law was not recognised internationally[9] and determined null and void by United Nations Security Council Resolution 497.[10][11]42[15]7,316[15]n.a. (Syrians)n.a.1,154[16]22,072[16]
Seam ZoneArea between the Green Line and the West Bank barrier - area occupied by Israel in 1967, currently part of Area C188[17]-35[17]-200[14]-
Other Israeli settlements and IDF military areas (West Bank Area C)Israeli control, except over Palestinian civilians, according to the administrative divisions of the Oslo Accords57[8]7,620[15]115[18]375[8]2,961[19]25,233[8]
Palestinian National Authority (West Bank Areas A and B)Palestinian civil control, according to the administrative divisions of the Oslo Accords--2,311[20]2,686[8]2,143[18]27,376[8]
Gaza StripPalestinian governed area. Israel controls airspace, maritime border and 80% of land border.--1,816[21]4,502[8]360[21]27,736[8]


Within Israel's system of local government, an urban municipality can be granted a city council by the Israeli Interior Ministry when its population exceeds 20,000.[22] The term "city" does not generally refer to local councils or urban agglomerations, even though a defined city often contains only a small portion of an urban area or metropolitan area's population.

^a This number includes East Jerusalem and West Bank areas. Israeli sovereignty over East Jerusalem is internationally unrecognized.

Ethnic and religious groups

The most prominent ethnic and religious groups, who live in Israel at present and who are Israeli citizens or nationals, are as follows:


According to Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics, in 2008, of Israel's 7.3 million people, 75.6 percent were Jews of any background.[24] Among them, 70.3 percent were Sabras (born in Israeli), mostly second- or third-generation Israelis, and the rest are olim (Jewish immigrants to Israel)—20.5 percent from Europe and the Americas, and 9.2 percent from Asia and Africa, including the Arab countries.[25]

The paternal lineage of the Jewish population of Israel as of 2015 is as follows:

Countries of OriginPopulationPercentage
From Israel by paternal country of origin:
From Europe by own or paternal country of origin:
Russia and former USSR
Germany and Austria
Hungary, Czech Republic, and Slovakia
United Kingdom
Bulgaria and Greece
Other European
From Africa by own or paternal country of origin:
Algeria and Tunisia
Other African
From Asia by own or paternal country of origin:
Iran (Persia)
India and Pakistan
Syria and Lebanon
Other Asian
From America and Oceania by own or paternal country of origin:
United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand
Other Latin American


The 2009 survey by the Guttman Center found the following distribution:

  • Believing in the existence of God – 80%
  • Not believing in the existence of God – 20%

Fertility rates between secular and religious groups also differ significantly.


Distribution of Arabic speaking localities in Israel

Arab citizens of Israel are those Arab residents of Mandatory Palestine, who remained within Israel's borders following the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, and the establishment of the state of Israel. It is including those born within the state borders subsequent to this time, as well as those who had left during the establishment of the state (or their descendants), who have since re-entered by means accepted as lawful residence by the Israeli state (primarily family reunifications).

In 2006, the official number of Arab residents in Israel was 1,413,500 people, about 20 percent of Israel’s population. This figure includes 209,000 Arabs (14% of the Israeli Arab population) in East Jerusalem, also counted in the Palestinian statistics, although 98 percent of East Jerusalem Palestinians have either Israeli residency or Israeli citizenship.[27]

Arab Muslims

Most Arab citizens of Israel are Muslim, particularly of the Sunni branch of Islam. A small minority are Ahmadiyya sect and there are also some Alawites (affiliated with Shia Islam) of Ghajar with Israeli citizenship. As of 2008, Arab citizens of Israel comprised just over 20 percent of the country's total population. About 82.6 percent of the Arab population in Israel was Sunni Muslim (with a very small minority of Shia), another 9 percent was Druze, and around 9 percent was Christian (mostly Eastern Orthodox and Catholic denominations).


The Arab Muslim citizens of Israel include also the Bedouins, who are divided into two main groups: the Bedouin in the north of Israel, who live in villages and towns for the most part, and the Bedouin in the Negev, who include half-nomadic and inhabitants of towns and Unrecognized villages. According to the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as of 1999, 110,000 Bedouins live in the Negev, 50,000 in the Galilee and 10,000 in the central region of Israel.[28] All Arab Bedouins of Israel practice Sunni Islam.


The Ahmadiyya community was first established in the region in the 1920s, in what was then Mandatory Palestine. Israel is the only country in the Middle East, where Ahmadi Muslims can openly practice their faith, which is not recognized as part of Islam by most Sunni and Shi'a denominations. As such, Kababir, a neighbourhood on Mount Carmel in Haifa, Israel, acts as the Middle East headquarters of the Community.[29][30] It is unknown how many Israeli Ahmadis there are, although it is estimated there are about 2,200 Ahmadis in Kababir alone.[31]

Arab Christians

There is a significant Arab Christian minority from various denominations, numbering 122,000 — a majority of Christians in Israel.


Some 1,000 Israeli citizens belong to the Coptic community, originated in Egypt.


The Arab citizens of Israel include also the Druze who were numbered at an estimated 129,800 at the end of 2011.[32] All of the Druze living in what was then British Mandate Palestine became Israeli citizens after the declaration of the State of Israel. Though a few individuals identify themselves as "Palestinian Druze",[33] the vast majority of Druze do not consider themselves to be 'Palestinian', and consider their Israeli identity stronger than their Arab identity. Druze serve prominently in the Israel Defense Forces, and are represented in mainstream Israeli politics and business as well, unlike Muslim Arabs who are not required to and generally choose not to serve in the Israeli army.

Syriac Christians


In 2014, Israel has decided to recognize the Aramaic community within its borders as a national minority, allowing some of the Christians in Israel to be registered as "Aramean" instead of "Arab".[34] As of October 2014, some 600 Israelis requested to be registered as Arameans, with several thousand eligible for the status - mostly members of the Maronite community.

The Maronite Christian community in Israel of around 7,000 resides mostly in the Galilee, with a presence in Haifa, Nazareth and Jerusalem. It is largely composed of families that lived in Upper Galilee in villages such as Jish long before the establishment of Israel in 1948. In the year 2000, the community was joined by a group of Lebanese SLA militia members and their families, who fled Lebanon after 2000 withdrawal of IDF from South Lebanon.


There are around 1,000 Assyrians living in Israel, mostly in Jerusalem and Nazareth. Assyrians are an Aramaic speaking, Eastern Rite Christian minority who are descended from the ancient Mesopotamians. The old Syriac Orthodox monastery of Saint Mark lies in Jerusalem. Other than followers of the Syriac Orthodox Church, there are also followers of the Assyrian Church of the East and the Chaldean Catholic Church living in Israel.

Other citizens


The Samaritans are an ethnoreligious group of the Levant. Ancestrally, they claim descent from a group of Israelite inhabitants who have connections to ancient Samaria from the beginning of the Babylonian Exile up to the beginning of the Common Era. 2007 population estimates show that 712 Samaritans live half in Holon, Israel and half at Mount Gerizim in the West Bank. The Holon community holds Israeli citizenship, while the Gerizim community resides at an Israeli controlled enclave, holding dual Israeli-Palestinian citizenship.


About 4,000 Armenians reside in Israel mostly in Jerusalem (including in the Armenian Quarter), but also in Tel Aviv, Haifa and Jaffa. Armenians have a Patriarchate in Jerusalem and churches in Jerusalem, Haifa and Jaffa. Although Armenians of Old Jerusalem have Israeli identity cards, they are officially holders of Jordanian passports.[35]


Circassians in Kfar Kama

In Israel, there are also a few thousand Circassians, living mostly in Kfar Kama (2,000) and Reyhaniye (1,000).[36] These two villages were a part of a greater group of Circassian villages around the Golan Heights. The Circassians in Israel enjoy, like Druzes, a status aparte. Male Circassians (at their leader's request) are mandated for military service, while females are not.

People from post-Soviet states

Ethnic Russians, Ukrainians, and Belarusians, immigrants from the former Soviet Union, who were eligible to emigrate due to having, or being married to somebody who has, at least one Jewish grandparent and thus qualified for Israeli citizenship under the revised Law of Return. A number of these immigrants also belong to various ethnic groups from the Former Soviet Union such as Armenians, Georgians, Azeris, Uzbeks, Moldovans, Tatars, among others. Some of them, having Jewish father or grandrafther identificate themselves as Jews, but being non-Jewish by Halaha (Jewish religion law), they are not recognized formally as Jews by state. Most of them are in the mainstream of Israel culture and are called "expanded Jewish population". In addition, a certain number of former Soviet citizens, primarily women of Russian and Ukrainian ethnicity, emigrated to Israel, after marrying Muslim or Christian Arab citizens of Israel, who went to study in the former Soviet Union in the 1970s and 1980s.


Although most people of Finnish origin in Israel are either Finnish Jews who immigrated to Israel and their descendants, a small number of Finnish Christians moved to Israel in the 1940s before the independence and gained citizenship following independence. For the most part many of the original Finnish settlers intermarried with the other communities in the country, and therefore remain very small in number. A Moshav shitufi near Jerusalem named Yad HaShmona meaning the Memorial for the Eight was established in 1971 by a group of Finnish Christian-Israelis although today most members are Israeli and are predominantly Hebrew speakers and the moshav has become a center of Messianic Jews.[37][38]


The Baha'i population in Israel can be divided into various groups. The most senior group of Israeli Baha'is consists of those who are employed or have some other role in the pilgrimage sites. These Baha'is number between six hundred to seven hundred and primarily reside in either Acre or Haifa.[39][40] A fluctuating segment of Baha'is consists of pilgrims.[41] The number of self-identified Baha'i Israeli citizens has been estimated at 14,000 in 2000, and this number has since grown.[42][43]


The number of Vietnamese people in Israel and their descendants is estimated at 150-200.[44] Most of them came to Israel in between 1976–1979, after prime minister Menachem Begin authorized their admission to Israel and granted them political asylum. The Vietnamese people living in Israel are Israeli citizens who also serve in the Israel Defense Forces. Today, the majority of the community lives in the Gush Dan area in the center of Tel Aviv but also a few dozen Vietnamese-Israelis or Israelis of Vietnamese origin live in Haifa, Jerusalem and Ofakim.

African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem

The African Hebrew Israelite Nation of Jerusalem is a small spiritual group of African Americans, whose members believe they are descended from the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel. With a population of over 5,000, most members live in their own community in Dimona, Israel, with additional families in Arad, Mitzpe Ramon, and the Tiberias area. At least some of them consider themselves to be Jewish, but mainstream scholarship does not consider them to be of Israelite but of subsaharan African origin. Their ancestors were African Americans who after several years in Liberia migrated to Israel in the late 1960s and demanded that Israel give them citizenship in the state. When Israel refused, they relinquished their United States citizenship and de facto became stateless. After some deliberation the Israeli government granted them citizenship. The African Hebrew Israelites like the Haredim and Israeli Arabs are not required to serve in the military however many do so and they do receive social benefits from the state including free healthcare. Most believe in a kind of Paleo-Judaism based on the Torah without the Oral Laws, however at least one member of the community underwent a conversion to Orthodox Judaism.

Naturalized foreign workers

Some naturalized foreign workers and their children born in Israel, predominantly from the Philippines, Nepal, Nigeria, Senegal, Romania, China, Cyprus, Turkey, Thailand and South America (mainly Colombia).


African migrants

Meeting between Sudanese refugees and Israeli students, 2007.

The number and status of African refugees in Israel is disputed and controversial but it is estimated that at least 70,000 refugees mainly from Eritrea, Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia and the Ivory Coast reside and work in Israel. A count in late 2011 published in Ynet pointed out the number only in Tel Aviv is 40,000, which represents 10 percent of the city's population. The vast majority is living at the southern parts of the city. There is a significant population in the southern Israeli cities of Eilat, Arad and Beersheba.

Foreign workers

There are around 300,000 foreign workers, residing in Israel under temporary work visas, including Palestinians. Most of those foreign workers engage in agriculture and construction. The main groups of those foreign workers include the Chinese, Thai, Filipinos, Nigerians, Romanians and Latin Americans.

Other refugees

Approximately 100–200 refugees from Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraqi Kurdistan and North Korea were absorbed in Israel as refugees. Most of them were also given Israeli resident status and currently reside in Israel.[45] As of 2006, some 200 ethnic Kurdish refugees from Turkey resided in Israel as illegal immigrants, fleeing the Turkey-PKK conflict.[46]


Road sign in Hebrew, Arabic and English

Due to its immigrant nature, Israel is one of the most multicultural and multilingual societies in the world. Hebrew and Arabic are the official languages in the country, while English and Russian are the two most widely spoken non official languages. A certain degree of English is spoken widely, and is the language of choice for many Israeli businesses. Courses of Hebrew and English language are mandatory in the Israeli school system, and most schools offer either Arabic, French, Spanish, German, Italian or Russian.


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 Note: Until 1995, figures for Christians also included Others.[47]

According to a 2010 Israel Central Bureau of Statistics study[48] of Israelis aged over 18, 8% of Israeli Jews define themselves as haredim (or Ultra-Orthodox); an additional 12% are "religious" (non-haredi orthodox, also known as: dati leumi/national-religious or religious zionist); 13% consider themselves "religious-traditionalists" (mostly adhering to Jewish Halakha); 25% are "non-religious traditionalists" (only partly respecting the Jewish Halakha), and 43% are "secular". Among the seculars, 53% say they believe in God. Due to the higher birth rate of religious and traditionalists over seculars, their share among the overall population is growing as time passes.

While the ultra-Orthodox, or Haredim, represented only 5% of Israel's population in 1990,[49] they are expected to represent more than one-fifth of Israel's Jewish population by 2028.[50]

Religious makeup, 2014[32]
GroupPopulation %


Education between ages 5 and 15 is compulsory. It is not free, but it is subsidized by the government, individual organizations (such as the Beit Yaakov System) or a combination. Parents are expected to participate in courses as well. The school system is organized into kindergartens, 6-year primary schools, and either 6-year secondary schools or 3-year junior secondary schools + 3-year senior secondary schools (depending on region), after which a comprehensive examination is offered for university admissions.


As Israel's continued existence as a Jewish state relies upon maintenance of a Jewish demographic majority,[citation needed] Israeli demographers, politicians and bureaucrats have treated Jewish population growth promotion as a central question in their research and policymaking. Non-Jewish population growth and immigration is regarded as a threat to the Jewish demographic majority and to Israel's security, as detailed in the Koenig Memorandum.

Israel is the thirty-fourth most-densely crowded country in the world. In an academic article, Jewish National Fund Board member Daniel Orenstein, argues that, as elsewhere, overpopulation is a stressor on the environment in Israel; he shows that environmentalists have conspicuously failed to consider the impact of population on the environment and argues that overpopulation in Israel has not been appropriately addressed for ideological reasons.[51][52]

Citizenship and Entry Law

The Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law (Temporary Order) 5763 was first passed on 31 July 2003 and has since been extended until 31 July 2008. The law places age restrictions for the automatic granting of Israeli citizenship and residency permits to spouses of Israeli citizens, such that spouses who are inhabitants of the West Bank and Gaza Strip are ineligible. On 8 May 2005, The Israeli ministerial committee for issues of legislation once again amended the Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law, to restrict citizenship and residence in Israel only to Palestinian men over the age of 35, and Palestinian women over the age of 25. Those in favor of the law say the law not only limits the possibility of the entrance of terrorists into Israel, but, as Ze'ev Boim asserts, allows Israel "to maintain the state's democratic nature, but also its Jewish nature" (i.e. its Jewish demographic majority).[53] Critics, including the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination,[54] say the law disproportionately affects Arab citizens of Israel, since Arabs in Israel are far more likely to have spouses from the West Bank and Gaza Strip than other Israeli citizens.[55]

In the constitutional challenges to the Citizenship and Entry to Israel Law, the state, represented by the Attorney General, insisted that security was the only objective behind the law. The state also added that even if the law was intended to achieve demographic objectives, it is still in conformity with Israel's Jewish and democratic definition and thus constitutional. In a 2012 ruling by the Supreme Court on the issue, some of the judges on the panel discussed demography and were inclined to accept that demography is a legitimate consideration in devising family reunification policies that violate the right to family life.[56]

Soviet immigration

During the 1970s about 163,000 people of Jewish descent immigrated to Israel from the USSR.

Later Ariel Sharon, in his capacity as Minister of Housing & Construction and member of the Ministerial Committee for Immigration & Absorption, launched an unprecedented large-scale construction effort to accommodate the new Russian population in Israel so as to facilitate their smooth integration and encourage further Jewish immigration as an ongoing means of increasing the Jewish population of Israel.[57] Between 1989 and 2006, about 979,000 emigrated from former Soviet Union to Israel.


Historical population
Source: [2][58][59]

Total population

Note: includes over 200,000 Israelis and 250,000 Arabs in East Jerusalem, about 421,400 Jewish settlers on the West Bank (Judea and Samaria), and about 42,000 in the Golan Heights (July 2007 est.). Does not include Arab populations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Does not include 222,000 foreigners living in the country.[61]

Group[62][63]PopulationProportion of totalGrowth rate
Non-Haredi5,499 00065.1%1.2%

Age structure

A population pyramid that shows the age of the population by sex in 2014


  • 0–14 years: 28.0%
  • 15–64 years: 62.1%
  • 65 years and over: 9.9%


  • 0–14 years: 25.5%
  • 15–64 years: 63.1%
  • 65 years and over: 11.4%


  • 0–14 years: 37.5%
  • 15–64 years: 58.6%
  • 65 years and over: 3.9% (2010 est.)

Median age

  • Total: 29.7
  • Jewish: 31.6
  • Arab: 21.1

The Jewish median age in Jerusalem district and the West Bank are 24.9 and 19.7 respectively and both account for 16% of the Jewish population but 24% of 0–4 year olds. The lowest median age in Israel and one of the lowest in the world is found in two of West Bank biggest Jewish cities: Modiin Ilit (11), Beitar Ilit (11)[64] followed by Bedouin towns in the Negev (15.2).[65]

Population growth rate

  • 2.0% (2016)

During the 1990s, the Jewish population growth rate was about 3% per year, as a result of massive immigration to Israel, primarily from the republics of the former Soviet Union. There is also a high population growth rate among certain Jewish groups, especially adherents of Haredi Judaism. The growth rate of the Arab population in Israel is 2.2%, while the growth rate of the Jewish population in Israel is 1.7%. The growth rate of the Arab population has slowed from 3.8% in 1999 to 2.2% in 2013, and for the Jewish population the growth rate declined from 2.7% to its lowest rate of 1.4% in 2005, before picking up moderately since then to 1.7%.

Birth rate


  • Total: 21.3 births/1,000 population
  • Jews and others: 20.5 births/1,000 population
  • Muslims: 24.6 births/1,000 population
  • Christians: 14.4 births/1,000 population
  • Druze: 17.3 births/1,000 population

Births, in absolute numbers, by mother's religion[66]

YearJewishMuslimChristianDruzeOthersTotal % Jewish % Muslim
2016 VI - 2017 V133,85937,2912,4992,3604,671180,68074.1%20.6%

Current natural population growth

  • Births from January-May 2016 = Jewish: 54,407; Muslim: 14,930; Christian: 1,050; Druze: 979; Others: 1,774; Total: 73,140
  • Births from January-May 2017 = Jewish: 54,166; Muslim: 14,629; Christian: 936; Druze: 893; Others:1,791; Total: 72,415

Between the mid-1980s and 2000, the fertility rate in the Muslim sector was stable at 4.6–4.7 children per woman; After 2001 a gradual decline became evident, reaching 3.51 children per woman in 2011. By point of comparison, in 2011 there was a slowly rising fertility rate of 2.98 children among the Jewish population.[67]

Births and deaths [68] [69]

YearPopulation (x1000)Live birthsDeathsNatural increaseCrude birth rateCrude death rateRate of natural increaseTFR
195043 4318 70034 73134.16.827.3
195150 5429 86640 67634.36.727.6
195252 55611 66640 89032.87.325.5
195352 55210 91641 63631.96.625.3
195448 95111 32837 62328.96.722.2
195550 68610 53240 15428.96.022.9
195652 28712 02540 26228.66.622.0
195753 94012 48741 45328.06.521.5
195852 64911 61541 03426.35.820.5
195954 60412 05642 54826.55.920.6
196056 00212 05343 94926.45.720.7
196154 86912 66342 20625.05.819.2
196256 35613 70142 65524.76.018.7
196359 49114 42545 06625.06.118.9
196463 54415 49148 05325.66.319.3
196566 14616 26149 88525.86.319.5
196667 14816 58250 56625.66.319.3
196764 98017 46347 51723.96.417.5
196869 91118 68951 22224.96.718.2
196973 66619 76753 89925.56.918.6
197080 84321 23459 60927.27.120.1
197185 89921 41564 48428.07.021.0
197285 54422 71962 82527.07.219.8
197388 54523 05465 49127.07.020.0
197493 16624 13569 03127.67.120.5
197595 62824 60071 02827.77.120.6
197698 76324 01274 75127.96.821.1
197795 31524 95170 36426.46.919.5
197892 60225 15367 44925.16.818.3
197993 71025 70068 01024.76.817.9
198094 32126 36467 95724.36.817.5
198193 30826 08567 22323.66.617.0
198296 69527 78068 91524.06.917.1
198398 72427 73170 99324.06.717.3
198498 47827 80570 67323.36.616.7
198599 37628 09371 28323.16.516.6
198699 34129 41569 92622.76.716.0
198799 02229 24469 77822.26.615.6
1988100 45429 17671 27822.26.415.8
1989100 75728 58072 17722.16.315.8
1990103 34928 73474 61522.06.115.9
1991105 72531 26674 45921.46.315.1
1992110 06233 32776 73521.56.515.0
1993112 33033 00079 33021.36.315.0
1994114 54333 53581 00821.26.215.0
1995116 88635 34881 53821.16.414.7
1996121 33334 66486 66921.36.115.2
1997124 47836 12488 35421.46.215.2
1998130 08036 95593 12521.86.215.6
1999131 93637 29194 64521.66.115.5
2000136 39037 68898 70221.76.015.7
2001136 63637 18699 45021.25.815.4
2002139 53538 415101 12021.25.815.4
2003144 93638 499106 43721.75.815.9
2004145 20737 938107 26921.35.615.7
2005143 91339 038104 87520.85.615.2
2006148 17038 765109 40521.05.515.5
2007151 67939 813111 86621.15.515.6
2008156 923
20097 552161 04238 812122 23021,55,216,32,96
20107 695166 25539 613126 64221,85,216,63,03
20117 837166 29640 889125 40721,45,316,13,00
20127 984170 94042 100128 84021,65,316,33,05
20138 134171 44441 683129 76121,35,216,13,03
20148 297176 42742 457133 97021,55,216,33,08
20158 463178 72344 457134 26621,35,316,03,09
2016181 405

Structure of the population [68]

Structure of the population (01.07.2012) (Estimates) :

Age GroupMaleFemaleTotal%
Total3 916 1253 994 4007 910 525100
0-4417 479397 686815 16510,30
5-9377 005358 520735 5259,30
10-14346 662329 776676 4388,55
15-19314 286299 211613 4977,76
20-24300 332289 936590 2687,46
25-29291 710287 934579 6447,33
30-34276 871278 321555 1917,02
35-39268 377270 934539 3116,82
40-44232 269236 767469 0365,93
45-49201 080206 786407 8675,16
50-54189 222201 916391 1384,94
55-59179 379194 732374 1114,73
60-64165 789183 357349 1464,41
65-69115 943130 457246 4003,11
70-7489 904103 747188 6512,38
75-7968 01688 979156 9941,98
80-8446 20467 535113 7391,44
85-8926 66945 65072 3190,91
90-9410 49916 45126 9500,34
95-992 4184 3746 7920,09
100+1 0121 3312 3420,03
Age groupMaleFemaleTotalPercent
0-141 141 1461 085 9822 227 12828,15
15-642 419 3142 449 8944 869 20861,55
65+355 665458 524814 18910,29

Death rate

  • 5.3 deaths/1,000 population (2015 est.)

There were a total of 38,666 deaths in 2006. (39,026 in 2005 & 37,688 in 2000). Of this 33,568 were Jews (34,031 in 2005 & 33,421 in 2000). 3,078 were Muslims (2,968 in 2005 & 2,683 in 2000). 360 were Druze (363 in 2005 & 305 in 2000). 712 were Christian (686 in 2005 & 666 in 2000).[citation needed]

Net migration rate

  • 1.81 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2013 est.)

There were a total of 26,500 immigrants who made Aliyah to Israel in 2014: 11,430 from the Former Soviet Union, 7,000 from France, 3,470 from the United States, 620 from the United Kingdom, 620 from Colombia, 400 from Canada, 340 from Italy, 300 from Brazil, 297 from Argentina, 240 from Belgium, 232 from Eastern Europe (including 126 from Hungary), 200 from Australia and New Zealand, 190 from South Africa, 120 from Germany, 76 from Mexico, 70 from Venezuela, 58 from Uruguay, and 52 from Chile.[70]


For many years definitive data on Israeli emigration was unavailable.[71] In The Israeli Diaspora sociologist Stephen J. Gold maintains that calculation of Jewish emigration has been a contentious issue, explaining, "Since Zionism, the philosophy that underlies the existence of the Jewish state, calls for return home of the world's Jews, the opposite movement—Israelis leaving the Jewish state to reside elsewhere—clearly presents an ideological and demographic problem."[72]

In the past several decades, emigration (yerida) has seen a considerable increase. From 1990 to 2005, 230,000 Israelis left the country; a large proportion of these departures included people who initially immigrated to Israel and then reversed their course (48% of all post-1990 departures and even 60% of 2003 and 2004 departures were former immigrants to Israel). 8% of Jewish immigrants in the post-1990 period left Israel, while 15% of non-Jewish immigrants did. In 2005 alone, 21,500 Israelis left the country and had not yet returned at the end of 2006; among them 73% were Jews, 5% Arabs, and 22% "Others" (mostly non-Jewish immigrants, with Jewish ancestry, from USSR). At the same time, 10,500 Israelis came back to Israel after over one year abroad; 84% were Jews, 9% Others, and 7% Arabs.[73]

According to the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics, as of 2005, 650,000 Israelis had left the country for over one year and not returned. Of them, 530,000 are still alive today. This number does not include the children born overseas. It should also be noted that Israeli law grants citizenship only to the first generation of children born to Israeli emigrants.


Population density per square kilometer, by district, sub-district and geographical area

Geographic deployment:

Sex ratio

  • At birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
  • Under 15 years: 1.05 male(s)/female
  • 15–64 years: 1.03 male(s)/female
  • 65 years and over: 0.78 male(s)/female
  • Total population: 1.01 male(s)/female (2011 est.)

Maternal mortality rate

  • 7 deaths/100,000 live births (2010)

Infant mortality rate

  • Total: 4.03 deaths/1,000 live births
  • Male: 4.20 deaths/1,000 live births
  • Female: 3.84 deaths/1,000 live births (2013 est.)

Life expectancy at birth

  • Total population: 81.17 years
  • Male: 79.7 years
  • Female: 83.6 years (2011)

Between 1990 and 2011, life expectancy at birth increased by 5 years for women (both Jews and Arabs), 5.4 years for Jewish men, and 3.2 years for Arab men.[74]

Total fertility rate

  • 3.13 children born/woman (2016)
Fertility rate, by year and religion[67]

Jewish total fertility rate increased by 10.2% during 1998–2009, and was recorded at 2.90 during 2009. During the same time period, Arab TFR decreased by 20.5%. Muslim TFR was measured at 3.73 for 2009. During 2000, the Arab TFR in Jerusalem (4.43) was higher than that of the Jews residing there (3.79). But as of 2009, Jewish TFR in Jerusalem was measured higher than the Arab TFR (2010: 4.26 vs 3.85, 2009: 4.16 vs 3.87). TFR for Arab residents in the West Bank was measured at 2.91 in 2013,[75] while that for the Jewish residents was reported at 5.10 children per woman.[76]

The ethnic group with highest recorded TFR is the Bedouin of Negev. Their TFR was reported at 10.06 in 1998 and 5.73 in 2009. TFR is also very high among Haredi Jews. For Ashkenazi Haredim, the TFR rose from 6.91 in 1980 to 8.51 in 1996. The figure for 2008 is estimated to be even higher. TFR for Sephardi/Mizrahi Haredim rose from 4.57 in 1980 to 6.57 in 1996.[77]

Health expenditures

  • 7.6% of total GDP (2010)

Physicians density

  • 3.63 physicians/1,000 population (2007)

Hospital bed density

  • 3.5 beds/1,000 population (2010)

HIV/AIDS – adult prevalence rate

  • 0.2% (2009 est.)

Obesity – adult prevalence rate

  • 26% of women and 40% of men are overweight. In both genders, obesity rate is 15% (as of 2011).[74]

Education expenditures

  • 5.9% of total GDP (2009)


Age 15 and over can read and write (2011 estimate):[78]

  • Total population: 97.8%
  • Male: 98.7%
  • Female: 96.8%
Graph of Total Fertility Rate vs. GDP (PPP) per capita of each country, including Israel, 2015.[79][80]

Future projections

In June 2013, the Central Bureau of Statistics released a demographic report, projecting that Israel's population would grow to 11.4 million by 2035, with the Jewish population numbering 8.3 million, or 73% of the population, and the Arab population at 2.6 million, or 23%. This includes some 2.3 million Muslims (20% of the population), 185,000 Druze, and 152,000 Christians. The report predicts that the Israeli population growth rate will decline to 1.4% annually, with growth in the Muslim population remaining higher than the Jewish population until 2035, at which point the Jewish population will begin growing the fastest.[81]

In 2017, the Central Bureau of Statistics projected that Israel's population would rise to about 18 million by 2059, including 14.4 million Jews and 3.6 million Arabs. Of the Jewish population, about 5.25 million would be Ultra-Orthodox Jews. Overall, the forecast projected that 49% of the population would be either Ultra-Orthodox Jews (29%) and Arabs (20%).[82] It also projected a population of 20 million in 2065.[83]

Other forecasts project that Israel could have a population as high as 23 million, or even 36 million, by 2050.[84]

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