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Israel’s Population 3.1 Million

Official preliminary census figures show the population of Israel to be about 3.1 million, roughly 43 percent more than 10 years ago when the last census was taken. The final figures, after the census is computer processed and checked out, will be announced early next year. Moshe Sicron, acting government statistician, told reporters here today that the census estimated the Israeli population at between 3,124,000 and 3,167,000 persons.

In 1961, the census revealed a population of 2,179,500 but this year’s tally includes two previously-unaccounted categories-persons living in East Jerusalem and those formerly classified as “temporary residents.”