Jerusalem the Golden
Jerusalem now home to 10% of Israelis

The largest city in Israel, 870,000 residents recorded in Jerusalem as of 2015 Jerusalem Day statistics reveal.

Tova Dvorin,

Israeli flags at the Western Wall in Jerusalem
Israeli flags at the Western Wall in Jerusalem
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Jerusalem is the largest city in Israel, data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) reveals Tuesday, as part of data released in honor of Jerusalem Day (Sunday).

870,000 people lived in the Holy City in 2015, about 10% of the national population. Its population grew by over 20,000 people over last year, including 19,800 by birth and 3,700 through Aliyah. At the same time, some 3,500 people left Jerusalem. 

Beit Shemesh, Tel Aviv and Bnei Brak residents are major 'feeder populations' for Jerusalem, i.e. the main cities people leave to go live in the capital. Emigrants of Jerusalem, likewise, often live in Beit Shemesh and Tel Aviv, as well as Givat Ze'ev. 

The total fertility rate (average number of children a woman is expected to have during her lifetime) in Jerusalem was 3.91 children per woman. This is higher than the national average (3.08).

The typical Jerusalem household numbers an average of 3.8 persons, and is larger than the national average (3.3 persons on average) of households in other major cities.

The percentage of the labor force in Jerusalem in 2015 was 51.8%, compared to the national average of 64.1%.

88.4% of employed Jerusalem residents work locally, compared to 71.7% of Haifa residents, 62.2% of Tel Aviv-Jaffa residents, 57.2% of Ashdod residents, 44.4% of Petah Tikva residents and 36.2% of Rishon Lezion residents.

And many Jerusalemites stay there for the long-term: more than three quarters of Jerusalem residents (77%) have lived in the city for more than twenty years.

Among the Jews in Jerusalem, one-third (32%) describe themselves as haredi, 17% define themselves as national-religious, 13% as traditional-religious, 15% as 'not traditional' and 21% as secular.

30% of Jerusalem residents are satisfied with the amount of green areas and parks in the region, compared with 57% in the general population.

65.5% of Jerusalem students were haredi, similar to 2014 levels at 65.3%. Overall, the number of children attending haredi or national-religious schools in Jerusalem is on the rise, and the number of children attending state-run secular schools is declining. 

Fewer than half (48%) of students in the Jerusalem Israeli education system took their Bagrut matriculation exams in the 2013-2014 academic year, compared to 51% in 2012/13. 

The average income of a Jerusalemite stands at ₪ 12,164 monthly, the lowest of Israel's eight major cities. 

57.9% live in dwellings they own, 30.9% live in rented apartments and the rest live in apartments and free housing in student dormitories. The average mortgage value is approximately 1.862 million NIS. And the average monthly rent is 3,178 NIS.

78% of tourists who arrived in Israel in 2015 visited Jerusalem.

Nearly 900 thousand tourists stayed overnight in hotels in 2015, with a nearly $3 million profit. 




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