Israel's Population Exceeds 6 Million
Israel's population passed the six million mark at the end of September, the Central Bureau of Statistics announced November 4, 1998. Some 4.76 million Israelis are Jewish. Over the last seven years the population has increased by one million. About 59 percent of this is natural increase.
When Israel was established 50 years ago, there were an estimated 800,000 people living there. Within a year, that figure had risen to more than one million. By the end of the first decade, the total had climbed to two million. That doubled by 1982; and the five million mark was passed in 1991.
Source: Consulate General of Israel in New York.