On the eve of the Jewish New Year 5772, the Central Bureau of Statistics reports that Israel's population has risen by 1.9% over the past year to 7,797,400 including 5,874,300 Jews and 1,600,100 Arabs. In addition, there are an estimated 217,000 foreign workers residing in the country, taking the total number of people living in Israel above 8 million.
Over the past year, the Jewish population grew by 1.7%, and the Arab population grew by 2.5%.
Israel's population is relatively young with 28% of Israelis aged 0-14 compared with 17% in other Western countries. 10% of Israelis are aged over 65 compared with 15% of the population in other western countries.
40% of the population live in Central Israel - 24% in the Central District and 17% in the Tel Aviv District. 17% of the population lives in the Northern District and 14% of the population lives in the Southern District. 12% of the population lives in the Jerusalem District and 12% in the Haifa District, and 4% in Judea and Samaria.
Israel's most densely populated city is Bnei Brak with 21,636 residents per square kilometer, while Tel Aviv has 7,803 residents per square kilometer and Jerusalem has 6,296 residents per square kilometer. Bat Yam has 15,962 residents per square kilometer, Givatayim has 16,647 residents per square kilometer, and Elad has 13,921 residents per square kilometer.
Published by Globes, Israel business news - www.globes-online.com - on September 26, 2011
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