Israel Population - Israel People

In my Israel Population page I will give you a quick overview of some figures as they relate to the Israel people and the country’s demographics. Since this is my travel site and not some detailed government survey I will round the numbers a bit and try to keep it simple…

But before getting into the numbers and facts and figures, check out this great video from Nefesh B'Nefesh (a North American organization that helps Jews move to Israel) showing how its people are so cosmopolitan and come from all around the world: 

It's amazing right?

Okay, now for some stats and figures:

The first figure is the population of Israel as a whole, which stands at roughly 7.5 million.

Also, the population growth is around 2% annually.

And the broad population age groups are as follows:

  • 0-14 years: 26%
  • 15-64 years: 64%
  • Over 65 years: 10%

Israeli people & generationsThe younger and older generations in Israel.

The sex ratio for the entire population is 0.99 male for 1 female. In other words, for every 99 men there are 100 women. This is explained partially by the longer life expectancy of women - 82 years - compared to only 77 for men.

Among the Jewish population about 70% were born in Israel and are “Sabra” – this is the term used for a native Israeli (like myself for example).

The two main Jewish Israeli ethnic groups used to be the Ashkenazi Jews (European origin) and Sephardic Jews (Middle Eastern/North African origin) and still are to a large degree. But today the distinction is blurred by the mix and match of marriage between the above two groups. I am for example half Ashkenazi and half Sephardic, as my mom was born in Iran and my dad (born in Israel) is of Ashkenazi origins.

There are also other large population segments of the Israel people that can be defined within these categories, and particularly in reference to the various waves of immigration. For example, thousands of Ethiopian Jews (technically Sephardic) made their way to the country in the eighties and nineties (there are about 120,000 living in Israel today). There are also approximately one million Russian Jews (Ashkenazi) in Israel too.

The Israeli Arabs (distinct from the Palestinians) are easier to define by their religion: most of them – about 80% - are Sunni Muslim, roughly 10% are Christian and another 10% are Druze.

There are a few other minorities that spice up the Israel people and the demographics, such as the Armenians, Samaritans, Circassians and many nationalities of temporary foreign workers.

The literacy of the Israel population is very high – over 95% can read and write.

So there you have it - that's the Israel population and people!

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