CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - As Israel celebrates its 60th year as a modern, independent nation, its population has grown to nearly 7.3 million, a nine-fold increase since 1948.
On Tuesday, the Central Bureau of Statistics reported Israel's total population at 7.282 million, with 5.5 million (more than 75 percent) Jews and 1.5 million (20 percent ) Arab.
In 2007, 156,400 newborn babies joined the 69 percent of the population born in Israel, compared with 35 percent in 1948.
In the past year, there has been a 1.8 percent increase in population, reflecting both births and the arrival of 18,000 new immigrants.
In 1948, Tel Aviv was home to 71 percent of the population, while today 53 percent of Israelis live in and around Tel Aviv.
Population centers in the north and south of the country grew from 19 percent in 1948 to 31 percent in 2008.
Home ownership is also up, with 71 percent of Israelis owning their homes, up from a little over half the country -- 54 percent -- at the end of the 1950s.