At Rosh Hashanah, Israel’s Population Hits 9.25 Million

People wear face masks as they shop at the market in Ramle on September 17, 2020Photo by Yossi Aloni/Flash90

JERUSALEM (JNS) – On the eve of the Jewish New Year, Israel’s population stands at 9.246 million people, the Central Bureau of Statistics reported, marking an annual population growth rate of 1.6 percent (150,000 people).

The past year saw the birth of 170,000 babies, as well as the death of around 44,000 people. Another 25,000 people moved to the country, 20,000 of whom were classified as olim chadashim (new immigrants).

According to the CBS, 6.841 million of the people in Israel are Jewish (74 percent of the population), 1.946 million are Arab (21 percent) and 459,000 (5 percent) are members of other groups, such as non-Arab Christians, members of other religions and people without religious classification.

The CBS predicted that Israel’s population will reach 10 million people by the end of 2024, 15 million people by the end of 2048 and 20 million by the end of 2065.

In 2019, the life expectancy for men and women in Israel stood at 81 and 84.7, respectively—higher than the OECD average.

Also in 2019, and prior to the outbreak of the coronavirus crisis, 88.8 percent of the Israeli public over the age of 20 reported satisfaction with their life and financial situation. During lockdown, however, 34.4 percent reported feeling stressed and anxious.

Meanwhile, the Israeli Honey Board reported that some 2,000 tons of honey will be marketed during the High Holidays, out of the 5,000 tons of honey that is consumed in the country throughout the year. All this honey is produced by the 510 beekeepers operating in Israel, who take care of around 120,000 beehives.

This article first appeared in Israel21c.

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