Israel’s population currently stands at 8.842 million, according to statistics released by the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics ahead of the country’s 70th Independence Day celebrations. In the past year, the population grew by 163,000 people.

Israelis celebrate Independence Day

Israelis celebrate Independence Day Photo Credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Before Israel’s Independence Day celebrations later this week, the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) released new statistics about the small country’s population. According to the data that was released Monday, Israel is currently home to 8.842 million people.

Out of the 8.842 million Israelis, about 6.589 million (or 74.5 percent) of them are Jewish. With about 1.849 million members (or 20.9 percent of the total population), the Israeli-Arab population is the second-largest group. About 404,000 Israelis do not identify as Arab or Jewish.

Since last year’s Independence Day celebrations, Israel’s population has grown by 163,000 people, an increase of about 1.9 percent. In the past year, about 177,000 babies were born in Israel and about 41,000 people died. In addition, 28,000 Jewish people immigrated to Israel.

When Israel was established, there were only 806,000 citizens. According to CBS, Israel’s population is expected to reach 15.2 million by the country’s 100th Independence Day (in 2048).