Israel's Population At 50

On its 50th birthday, Israel's population reached 5,940,000, a growth of more than five million since the State's 1948 rebirth. On 14 May 1948, Israel's population numbered only 806,000, and it will reach 6 million by the end of 1998. Statistics show that 43% of the population growth is due to immigration.

Today, 36% of all Jews in the world live in Israel, compared to only 6% in 1948. During the first decade, the population rose by an annual average of 8%, in the 1990's, the figure dropped to 3%.

Approximately, 4 million children have been born in Israel since its founding. In 1998, 35% of Israel's population is under the age of 18, the highest proportion among developed nations (which average 19-25%).

Population density in Israel has risen from 43 persons per square kilometer in 1948 to 260 today (excluding Israelis living in Judea, Samaria and Gaza Strip). The only European nations with higher population densities are Holland and Belgium.

Source: Central Bureau of Statistics