88% of Israelis Feel Satisfied with Life and Economy

October 3, 2019  

On the eve of the Jewish new year, an overwhelming majority of Israelis surveyed in a new poll reported that they were “satisfied with life and their economic situation.”

Israel’s population stood at 9,092,000 on the eve of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, and grew by 184,000 over the past year, according to a new annual report published by Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).

The population had grown by 2.1% over the past 13 months, a growth rate similar to previous years.

According to CBS statistics, an overwhelming majority of Israelis, 88.9%, said they were satisfied with life and their economic situation.

The total population is comprised of 6.744 million Jews (74.2%), 1.907 million Arabs – including Muslims and Christians (21%), and 441,000 residents of other minorities and religions (4.8%).

According to CBS’ projections, Israel’s population will pass the 10 million mark in 2024, the 15 million mark at the end of 2048 and the 20 million mark in 2065.

Some 196,000 Israeli couples welcomed a new child into the world this year. About 50,000 Israelis passed away.

The Jewish state this year welcomed 35,000 olim (immigrants) to the Holy Land.

A majority of 74.2% of Israelis live in cities, 14.7% in local councils, 10.3% in regional councils and 0.8% in areas that do not have municipal status.

According to CBS data, 43.2% of Jews in the country define themselves as secular, 22.1% consider themselves marginally observant, 12.8% are partially religious, 11.3% are religious and 10.1% are ultra-Orthodox.

An Israeli male’s life expectancy is 80.9 years, while a female in Israel lives an average of 84.9 years.

The most common cause of death in Israel is cancer (25.2%) followed by heart disease (14.8%). The data also shows that 14.1% of Israelis, one in seven, have functional disabilities.


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