Chareidim Represent 9 Percent Of Jewish Population In Israel Ahead Of Independence Day 69


The growing chareidi tzibur in Israel now represents 9% of the Jewish population in Israel, the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) reports ahead of Independence Day 69. 11% of the Jewish population of the state identify themselves as religious; 12% religious/traditional; and 24% view themselves as traditional but not really religious.

According to the numbers, most of the world’s Jews do not live in Israel as only 43% of world Jewry live in Israel today. According to the pre-Independence Day report, 174,000 Israelis were born since last Independence Day and 30,000 new immigrants moved to Israel during the same time period.

Some other populations facts include:

  • Jews comprise 74.7% of the population (6,484,000)
  • Arabs comprise 20.8% of the population (1,808,000)
  • Others comprise 4.5% of the population (327,000)
  • The population grew by 1.9% since last Independence Day (159,000)
  • 75% of the population are ‘sabras’; born in Israel
  • Farming exports today stand at 3% as compared to 48% in the 1950s
  • There are 3,239,000 vehicles on the road; 95 times the number of vehicles in 1951
  • 34.6% of the population is between newborn and 18-years-old
  • The majority (54.3%) are between 19 and 64-years-old
  • The seniors, 65 and older, comprise 11.1% of the population
  • At the end of 2016, there were 45,000 Israelis 90 and over
  • 89% of respondents are satisfied with their quality of life
  • 52% of respondents believe their lives will improve in the future
  • 44% of respondents believe their economic situation will improve
  • In 1948, there was only one city with 100,000 or more residents. Today there are eight cities with over 200,000 residents
  • In 1961, the average salary was 275 lirot, while today, it is NIS 9,800.

According to the CBS, there is a total of 8.68 million Israelis today. The prediction is that by 2048, when the state marks its 100th anniversary, Israel will be home to 15.2 million citizens.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)


  1. If Chareidim only represent 9% of the Jewish population in Israel they should be considered “extinct holy Jews” and should be well preserved and not taken to the Shmad Army to become Jewish Goyim.

  2. this figure is more like 15 percent

    many chareidim in israel are not israeli citizens such as yerushalmi

    and it is important to note that nearly half of israeli jewish children are charedi so within the next 30 years, the percentace will be more like 50 percent charedi