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Every Independence Day Israel’s central bureau of statistics publishes the current facts and figures for Israeli – on a positive way of course. We don’t hear about how many Israeli’s are under the poverty line, how many cannot afford an apartment – rent or buy, or how congested the roads have become. But in the spirit of independence here are the figures for this year

Israel’s population is now 8.6 million, ten times the population in 1948 when the country was established.

The Jewish population is 6.5 million – 74.7% of the total population. The Arab population of Israel is 1.8 million – 20.8% of the total population.

A third (34.6%) of the population of Israel is under the age of 18, half (54.3%) are between 19-64 years of age, 11% are over the age of 65. 45,000 Israelis are over the age of 90.

75% of the Israelis are sabras, i.e. were born in Israeli, half of them are second generation sabras. In 1948 only 35% of the population had been born in Israel.

Among the Jewish population 44% define themselves as non-religious, 24% as traditional, 12% as religious, and 9% as ultra-religious.

Among the Arab population 52% define themselves as religious, 23% as not so religious, 21% as non-religious and 4% as very religious.

89% of the people of Israel are satisfied with their economic situation, 52% expect their situation to improve in the future, and 44% believe that their economic situation will improve.

Israel’s largest city is Jerusalem with 865.700 inhabitants.

There are 1,214 cities, towns and villages in Israel.

Average family size is 3.3

Average density of population is 373.2 people per square kilometer.

Average age of marriage is 26.1 years (first marriage)

Life expectancy for men -80.9 years for women 84.5 years.

Unemployment is 4.8%

67.6% own an apartment.

Average wage is 9,800 NIS per month

Israelis own 3,239,000 cars

Israel has 9 universities and33 colleges

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