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2019 Annual Assessment

This past April, the Israeli population (Jews and non-Jews) passed the nine-million mark (Graph 6). Shortly after Israel won its independence, in November 1948, the local population numbered 873 thousand. It passed the one-million mark in early 1950, the two-million mark in 1959, the three-million mark in 1971, the four-million mark in 1983, the five-million mark in 1992, the six-million mark in 1999, the seven-million mark in 2007, the eight-million mark in 2014 and, as noted, the nine-million mark was just recently attained. A larger population, combined with high fertility rates and a positive international migration balance, are shortening the time periods that elapse between each million-person milestone. Thus, while it took 12 years for the Israeli population to grow from two to three million, only nine years passed between the four- and five-million marks, and it took just five years to go from eight to nine million. A Central Bureau of Statistics (interim) forecast calls for the Israeli population to reach 10.2 million by 2025.10