Demography of Palestine & Israel, the West Bank & Gaza

(1553-2006)


 

 
1553-1554*
1800*
1822
1890*
1900
1915
1916-1918
1922
1925
1931
1939
1945
1967
2006
Palestine 205,000                          
Muslims
  246,300  
431,800
 
590,000
               
Jews
    24,000f
42,900
50,000f
83,000
54,000f 84,000f 126,000f 693,147 449,000      
Christians
  21,800  
57,400
 
17,000
      175,000        
Palestine
(British Mandate)
                           
Muslims              
590,890
     
1,061,270
   
Jews               83,794      
553,600
   
Christians               73,024      
135,550
   
Other               9,474      
14,100
   
Israel                        
2,773,900
7,116,200
Jews                        
2,383,600
5,393,600
Arabs and Other                        
390,300a
1,722,600
West Bank                        
598,637
1,571,575d
-Muslims                        
565,904
-Christians                        
29,446
-Other                        
3,287
Gaza Strip                        
356,261
963,028d
-Muslims                        
352,532
-Christians                        
2,306
-Others                        
1,424
Total
205,000
275,000
 
532,000
 
689,275
 
757,182
     
1,764,520
3,728,798
8,153,603e

*Roberto Bacchi, The Population of Israel, (Jerusalem, Hebrew University, 1977), p. 5

aOf these, 65,857 werecounted in the 1967 Census of East Jerusalem.

bOf these, 138,600 are defined as "Israelis in Jewish localities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza Areas."

cEstimates for Dec. 31, 1995.

dEstimates for Midyear 1996.

eThis grand total is certainly inflated, as the 174,000 "Arab and other" inhabitants of Jerusalem, included for the total for Israel in the Israeli publications, must overlap to a considerable extent with the 254,387 inhabitants of the "Jerusalem District," included in the West Bank total of the Palestinian publication. On the other hand, the Israeli estimates relate to the end of 1995, the Palestinian to mid-1996.

f Israel Central Bureau of Statistics


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Government of Palestine, Office of Statistics, Village Statistics, April 1945. Jerusalem, 1945.
Israel Central Bureau of Statistics, List of Settlements, their Population and Codes, 31, XII, 1967, Technical Publications Series 28, Jerusalem 1968.
Israel Defense Forces, Census of Population conducted by the Central Bureau of Statistics, 1: West Bank of the Jordan, Gaza Strip and Northern Sinai, Golan Heights, Jerusalem 1967.
Israel Central Bureau of Statistics, List of Localities, their Populations and Codes, 31, XII, 1995. Technical Publications Series 68, Jerusalem 1996..
Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, Small Area Population: Revised Estimates for 1996, Ramallah, April 1996.
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