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As 5783 ends, Jewish state’s population pushes 10 million

Israel's population is expected to double by 2065.

Jews assemble for a "hakhel" religious event at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Oct. 12, 2022 Credit: Western Wall Heritage Foundation.
Jews assemble for a "hakhel" religious event at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Oct. 12, 2022 Credit: Western Wall Heritage Foundation.

Israel’s population will pass 10 million in 2024, according to data the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) published on Wednesday ahead of the Jewish New Year.

As the Hebrew year of 5783 draws to a close, the Jewish state has a population of approximately 9.795 million people, the report said. Some 7.181 million (73%) identify as Jewish, 2.065 million (21%) as Arab and 549,000 (5%) as neither.

The country’s population will reach 10 million by late 2024 and 16 million by 2048, the CBS said. By 2065, Israel’s population is expected to have doubled.

Jews in Israel who are at least 20 years old are identified as 44% secular, 21% traditional, 12% traditional-religious, 12% religious and 11% haredi (or ultra-Orthodox).

The average life expectancy for Israeli men rose slightly over the past year to 80.7 years, compared to 84.8 years for women.

According to the CBS, 172,000 babies were born in Israel in 5783, while 74,000 people made aliyah, with overall population growth estimated at around 2%.

Among Jewish Israelis, David was the most commonly chosen name for boys born in 5783, followed by Ariel and then Lavi.

Overall, Muhammad remained the most popular name for Israeli newborns. Second place went to Adam, with Yosef/Joseph/Yusef ranking third.

Abigail was the most popular name for Jewish girls, and also in the overall ranking. Tamar came in second, both in the Jewish sector and overall. Other popular girl names included Miriam, Sarah and Yael.

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, starts at sunset on Friday, Sept. 15, and will conclude at sundown on Sunday, Sept. 17. The holiday is followed by Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, which begins at sunset on Sunday, Sept. 24.

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