Israel Demographics

What is the population of Israel?

Population 8,675,475
Population - note (includes populations of the Golan Heights of Golan Sub-District and also East Jerusalem, which was annexed by Israel after 1967) (July 2016 est.)

note: approximately 21,000 Israeli settlers live in the Golan Heights (2015); approximately 201,000 Israeli settlers live in East Jerusalem
Population Growth Rate 1.5%
Urban Population 91.9%
Population in Major Urban Areas Tel Aviv-Yafo 3.381 million; Haifa 1.054 million; JERUSALEM (capital) 791,000
Nationality Noun Israeli(s)
Nationality Adjective Israeli
Ethnic Groups Jewish 80.1% (Europe/America-born 32.1%, Israel-born 20.8%, Africa-born 14.6%, Asia-born 12.6%), non-Jewish 19.9% (mostly Arab)
Languages Spoken Hebrew (official), Arabic used officially for Arab minority, English most commonly used foreign language.

Israel Learning

What is school like in Israel?


A school day is different, based on school's location, whether a long day program (including lunch) exists. A typical day consists of 5-6 classes, 45-50 minutes long. There is one "major" 30 minutes recess at 9:35, which includes 10 minutes in the classroom, having a light brunch, then 20 minutes break. There is no recess between the first and second class, Yet there is a 10 minutes break between all other classes. You usually won't find a class with more than 40 pupils, however small villages and local schools may have smaller classes.  The main subjects include:  language, basic mathematics, nature and sciences, literature, training  or sports, and some history. English is mandatory beginning at 4th grade.

Israel Health Information

What are the health conditions in Israel?

Death Rate - deaths/1,000 population 5.52
Drinking Water Source - percent of rural population improved 100%
Drinking Water Source - percent of urban population improved 100%
Health Expenditures - percent of GDP 7.7%
HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate 0.2%
HIV/Aids Deaths 90
Hospital Bed Density - beds/1,000 population 3.4
Infant Mortality Rate - female deaths/1,000 live births 3.84
Infant Mortality Rate - male deaths/1,000 live births 4.2
Infant Mortality Rate - total deaths/1,000 live births 4.03
Maternal Mortality Rate - deaths/100,000 live births 7
Mean Age for Mother's First Birth 27.3
Obesity - adult prevalence rate 26.2%
People Living with HIV/AIDS 7,500
Physicians Density - physicians/1,000 population 3.19
Sanitation Facility Access - percent of urban population improved 100%
Sanitation Facility Access - percent of rural population improved 100%
Total Fertility Rate - children born/woman 2.65

Israel Life Expectancy

How long do people live in Israel?

Life Expectancy at Birth 81 Years
Life Expectancy at Birth - female 83 Years
Life Expectancy at Birth - male 78 Years
Median Age 29 Years
Median Age - female 30 Years
Median Age - male 29 Years

Israel Infant Mortality - per 1,000 live births

Israel median age, birth rate and death rates

Birth Rate - births/1,000 population 19
Death Rate - deaths/1,000 population 5.52
Median Age 29 Years
Median Age - female 30 Years
Median Age - male 29 Years
Net Migration Rate - migrant(s)/1,000 population 1.81
Population Growth Rate 1.5%
Sex Ratio 0-14 Years - male/female 1.05
Sex Ratio 15-24 Years - male/female 1.05
Sex Ratio 25-54 Years - male/female 1.05
Sex Ratio 55-64 Years - male/female 1.01
Sex Ratio at Birth - male/female 1.05
Sex Ratio of Total Population - male/female 1.01
Sex Ratio Over 64 Years - male/female .78

Israel Medical Information

What are the health conditions in Israel?

Medical Facilities and Health Information

Modern medical care and medicines are available in Israel. A few hospitals in Israel and most hospitals in the West Bank and Gaza, however, fall below Western standards. It is recommended that visitors have health insurance. Travelers can find information in English about emergency medical facilities and after-hours pharmacies in the Jerusalem Post and the English-language edition of the Ha'aretz newspaper, or refer to the Embassy's or Consulate General's medical lists.

Israel Education

What is school like in Israel?

Education Expenditures - percent of GDP 5.6%
Literacy - female 93.6%
Literacy - male 97.3%
Literacy - total population 97.1%
Literacy Definition age 15 and over can read and write
School Life Expectancy - female 16 Years
School Life Expectancy - male 15 Years
Total School Life Expectancy - (primary to tertiary) 16 Years

Israel Literacy

Can people in Israel read?

Literacy - female 93.6%
Literacy - male 97.3%
Literacy - total population 97.1%
Literacy Definition age 15 and over can read and write
Predominant Language Hebrew (official), Arabic used officially for Arab minority, English most commonly used foreign language.

Israel Crime

Is Israel a safe place to visit?

Crime Information

The crime rate is moderate in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza. Break-ins of parked vehicles are common at beach areas, the Dead Sea, cemeteries, and national parks (especially Caesarea National Park). Car break-ins and purse snatchings in cities and cemeteries occur regularly throughout Israel. U.S. citizens should not leave their valuables (including passports) unattended, in parked vehicles, or unsecured in hotels.

Don't buy counterfeit and pirated goods, even if they are widely available. Not only are the bootlegs illegal in the United States, if you purchase them you may also be breaking local law.

U.S. citizens have occasionally been the victims of high-pressure sales tactics in Jerusalem's Old City tourist shops. In some cases, vendors have not disclosed the true cost of an item and convinced the buyer -- who is unfamiliar with the exchange rate -- to unwittingly sign a credit card sales receipt worth thousands of dollars. Tourists visiting shops in high-traffic tourist areas should not sign credit card receipts unless they are certain of the amount being authorized.

Israel Penalties for Crime

Criminal Penalties

While you are traveling in Israel, the West Bank, or Gaza, you are subject to its laws even if you are a U.S. citizen. Foreign laws and legal systems can be vastly different from our own. In some places you may be taken in for questioning if you don't have your passport with you. In some places, it is illegal to take pictures of certain buildings. Penalties for breaking the law can be more serious than those in the United States for similar offenses. Persons violating Israeli or PA laws, even unknowingly, may be arrested or imprisoned. Penalties for possession, use, or trafficking illegal drugs in Israel and PA-administered areas are severe, and convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences and heavy fines. Engaging in sexual conduct with children or using or disseminating child pornography in a foreign country is a crime prosecutable in the United States. If you break local laws in Israel, the West Bank, or Gaza, your U.S. passport won't help you avoid arrest or prosecution.

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