Jerusalem in Numbers

How many students? How many new immigrants? How many recycling bins? How many people in the new neighborhoods? What's its longest street? Etc.

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Hillel Fendel,

Jerusalem street scene
Jerusalem street scene
Israel National News photo / Flash 90

Since 1967, Jerusalem’s population has grown almost three-fold to nearly 760,800, rendering it the largest city in Israel. The Jewish population, which comprises 64% of the citizenry, has grown by 150%, but the strong Arab minority – 33% - has grown by 290%. 

The following are among the new neighborhoods built in areas liberated in 1967, and their populations:

Gilo - 32,000
Har Homa – 8,500
N\'vei Yaakov – 22,000
Old City – 5,000
Pisgat Ze’ev – 41,000
Ramat (Reches) Shlomo – 17,000
Ramot (Alon) – 47,000
Talpiot Mizrach – 15,000

As in recent years, more people left the city last year than moved in – but the gap is dropping.  In 2008, 18,500 moved out, while 13,600 moved in – a negative balance of 4,900, which is an improvement by between 1,000 and 2,000 over recent years. Just over a third of those who left moved to Judea and Samaria.

110,000 vehicles enter Jerusalem daily.

Tourism to Jerusalem was at a record high in 2008, breaking the previous records set the year before.  A total of 1,354,300 hotel guests were registered – 85% of them in western Jerusalem. 40% of them were from the Americas, and 44% from Europe.

Green areas in Jerusalem and environs are equal to the entire area of Tel Aviv, some 50,000 dunams (50 square kilometers, 20 square miles).

The city’s Jewish population grew 1% in 2008, and the Arab sector grew by 3%. 23% of the Jewish families and 67% of the Arab families live beneath the poverty level.

The city has 60 museums, 6,382 street benches, 400 paper recycling bins, 550 plastic recycling bins, 821 public parks, and 70 garbage collection vehicles. 

It also has 70 hotels, with a total of 9,000 rooms, as well as 2,000 archaeological sites, 220 junctions with traffic lights, and 11 tunnels with a total length of 6 kilometers.

Over 226,000 children are registered in Jerusalem’s schools, including 75,000 Arabs.  Among the Jewish students, 60% study in hareidi-religious schools.

The most popular names: David and Sarah in the hareidi system, Yonatan and Hodaya in the religious network, Daniel and Noah (not to be confused with the boys’ name Noach) in the secular schools, and Muhammed and Malek in the Arab sector.

2,100 new immigrants settled in Jerusalem in 2008 – 15% of the country’s total number of immigrants.

Jerusalem is the country’s youngest city: 53% are under age 24, and 41% are under age 18.

The city’s longest street is Menachem Begin Blvd., which is six kilometers long.






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