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Israel Population and religion percentage

Israel, officially known as the State of Israel, is a country in Western Asia. Israel is a small country with a relatively diverse topography, consisting of a lengthy coastal plain, highlands in the north and central regions, and the Negev desert in the south. The State of Israel is the only Jewish nation in the modern period. It is bounded to the north by Lebanon, to the northeast by Syria, to the east and southeast by Jordan, to the southwest by Egypt, and to the west by the Mediterranean Sea.

As per the United Nations World Population Prospects report,  the population of  Israel in 2023 is 9,311,652 (9.3 million or 93 Lakh)

Israel2024 Population
Total Population9,311,652
Growth Rate1.48%
Land Area 20,330 sq. km (7,850 sq. mi)
Area Rank149
Pop. Density400 people/sq. km
Capital CityTel Aviv
Fertility Rate3.04
Infant mortality rate2.3
Median Age in Israel 30.5 Years
Life Expectancy83.49 years
Urban Population 93.2 %

Religion in Israel

The State of Israel declares itself as a “Jewish and democratic state” and is the only country in the world with a Jewish-majority population. Jews make up 81% of the Israel Population and its ethnic religion of Jewish People.  Other faiths in the country include Islam (predominantly Sunni), Christianity (primarily Melkite and Orthodox), and the religion of the Druze people.

The recognized communities in Israel are Orthodox Judaism (administered by the Chief Rabbinate), Islam, the Druze faith, the Roman, Armenian Catholic, Maronite, Greek Catholic, Syriac Catholic, Chaldean, Greek Orthodox, Syriac Orthodox, Armenian Apostolic, and Anglican churches, and the Baháʼí Faith.

Religion in Israel

  • Judaism – 81 %
    – Hiloni (40%)
    – Masorti (23%)
    – Dati (10%)
    – Haredi (8%)
  • Islam – 14%
  • Christianity – 2%
  • Druze – 2%
  • Others and unclassified (1%)

Source: census 2016

Israel Ethnic groups

Israel’s population is composed of around 75% Jews, while more than 20% are Arabs, almost all of whom are Palestinians from predominantly Sunni Muslim or Christian communities. Although Druze and other ethnic Arabs who do not identify as Palestinians make up a small portion of the population.

Ethnic Percentage

  • Jews – 75%
  • Arabs – 20%
  • Others – 5%
Top Cities in Israel by Population
2Tel AvivTel Aviv4,60,613
4Rishon LeZionCentral2,54,384
5Petah TikvaCentral2,47,956
9Bnei BrakTel Aviv2,04,639
10HolonTel Aviv1,96,282
11Ramat GanTel Aviv1,63,480
14Bat YamTel Aviv1,29,013
15Beit ShemeshJerusalem1,24,957
16Kfar SabaCentral1,01,432
17HerzliyaTel Aviv97,470
Population of Israel 2024 | Religion in Israel