On the eve of Independence Day 2014, the Central Bureau of Statistics announced that the population of Israel numbers 8,180,000 - more than ten times the population at the establishment of the state in 1948 (806,000). Jews today constitute 75.0% of the population, and Arabs 20.7%.
Since last Independence Day, the population has increased by 157,000, a growth of 2.0%. In 1948, only Tel Aviv-Jaffa had more than 100,000 residents. Today there are 14 cities in Israel with a population of over 100,000, and six over 200,000: Jerusalem, Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Haifa, Rishon Lezion, Ashdod and Petah Tikva.