Just in time for Jewish New Year, Israel’s population has crossed over 9.5 million, according to data issued by Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) on Tuesday.
According to the report from the bureau, the country currently has a population of 9.593 million people, while 7.069 million (74%) of these identify as Jewish, 2.026 million (21%) as Arab, and 498,000 (5%) as neither.
The bureau speculates that the Israeli population will reach 10 million by 2024, 15 million by 2048 and 20 million by the end of 2065.
As far as other categorizations are concerned, Jews in Israel who are at least 20 years old are identified as 45.3% secular, 19.2% traditional, 13.9% traditional-religious, 10.7% religious, and 10.5% Haredi. The average life expectancy for Israeli men is 80.5 years compared to 84.6 years for women.
And, according to the data, 177,000 babies were born in Israel this year; 49,000 people made aliyah, and 2,000 Israelis returned to Israel after living abroad.