World Jewish News
186,923 babies were born over the past year.
Israel's population at 8.4 million on the eve of Rosh Hashanah
The population of Israel stands at 8.585 million at the eve of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, the Central Bureau of Statistics said in its report.
There are 6.419 million Jewish residents – 74.8 % of the total population – and the Arab Israeli population stands at 1.786 million, or 20.8% of the country’s population.
The additional 4.4%, approximately 380,000 people, are non-Arab Christians or people of other religions, as well as those with no religious affiliation categorized as “other.”
186,923 babies were born over the past year, while 45,033 Israelis passed away. In addition, 82,315 Israelis married and 23,855 divorced during the same period.
The survey also found that 26,990 people made aliyah (immigration) over the past 12 months, an increase of 16% compared to 2014. The majority of new olim, 6,886 were from Ukraine, 6,632 from Russia, 6,628 from France and 2,451 from the United States.
In addition, 82,315 Israelis married and 23,855 divorced during the same period.
The report also found that the average age of a mother having her first child rose from 25.1 years old in 1994 to 27.6 years old in 2015. Furthermore, in 2015 the average woman in Israel has 3.09 children, compared to 3.08 children in 2014 and 3.8 children in the first half of the 1970s.
In breaking these figures down by sector, the findings indicated that Jewish women had an average of 3.13 children in 2015, compared to 3.28 children in the first half of the 1970s, while Muslim women had 3.32 children on average in 2015, compared to 8.47 children during the first half of the 1970s.