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Demographics of Israel: Jewish & Non-Jewish Population of Israel/Palestine

(1517 - Present)

Year

Jews
(core population)

Non-Jews

Total Population

% Jewish

1517

5,000

295,000

~300,000

1.7%

1882

24,000

276,000

300,000

8.0%

1918

60,000

600,000

660,000

8.1%

1931

174,610

861,211

1,035,821

16.9%

1936

384,078

982,614

1,366,692

28.1%

1946

543,000

1,267,037

1,810,037

30.0%

1948

716,700

156,000

872,700

82.1%

1950

1,203,000

167,100

1,370,100

87.8%

1955

1,590,500

198,600

1,789,100

88.9%

1960

1,911,300

239,100

2,150,400

88.9%

1965

2,299,100

299,300

2,598,400

88.5%

1970

2,582,000

440,100

3,022,100

85.5%

1975

2,959,400

533,800

3,493,200

84.7%

1980

3,282,700

639,000

3,921,700

83.7%

1985

3,517,200

749,000

4,266,200

82.5%

1990

3,946,700

875,000

4,821,700

81.9%

1995

4,522,300

1,090,000

5,612,300

80.6%

2000

4,955,400

1,413,900

6,369,300

77.8%

2005

5,313,800

1,676,900

6,990,700

76.0%

2010

5,802,900

1,892,200

7,695,100

75.4%

2015

6,217,400

2,078,000

8,295,400

75%

2017

6,484,000

2,196,000

8,680,000

74.7%


Sources: Israel in the Middle East: Documents and Readings on Society, Politics, and Foreign Relations, Pre-1948 to the Present, Ed. by Itamar Rabinovich and Jehuda Reinharz, Brandeis University Press, Waltham, Mass., 2008. (pp.571-572);
Berman Jewish Data Bank
Elis, Niv.  On the eve of 2015, Israel's population hits 8.3 million, Jerusalem Post, (December 31, 2014);
Aderet, Ofer.  Israel's Population Hits 8.7 Million on Eve of 69th Independence Day, Haaretz, (May 1, 2017);