Jerusalem is Israel's largest city

Jerusalem's population grows by 16,000 residents, 8,200 of whom are Jewish.

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Dancing with Israeli flags in Jerusalem
Dancing with Israeli flags in Jerusalem
Nati Shochet, Flash 90

883,000 people lived in Jerusalem at the end of 2016, a report from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) showed.

The report, published in honor of Jerusalem Day, showed that Jerusalem's population grew by 16,000 in the year 2015.

Of the 16,000 new residents, 8,200 were Jews or other religions, and 7,800 were Arabs.

Most of the new Jewish residents moved to Jerusalem from Bnei Brak, Tel Aviv, Beit Shemesh, Maaleh Adumim, and Beitar Illit. Jerusalem residents who left the capital moved mostly to Beit Shemesh, Tel Aviv, Givat Ze'ev, Beitar Illit, Bnei Brak, and Modiin.

53% of Jerusalem residents live in their own apartment, 33% live in rented apartments, and the rest live in free apartments, student dorms, or other forms of residence. The value of the average apartment in 2015 was 1,894,000 NIS, and the average rent was 2,923 NIS per month.

The average Jerusalem woman is engaged at 21.3 years old, compared to 24.7 years old in the rest of the country. Jewish brides in Jerusalem married at an average age of 22.2, whereas the Jewish brides in the rest of the country wed at 27.3. In general, Jerusalem's Jews wed at age 23.6, whereas Jews in the rest of the country wed at 27.8.

The CBS report also showed that during 2015, 23,581 babies were born to Jerusalem residents. 15,438 of these babies (65%) were born to Jewish mothers, and 8,143 (35%) were born to Arab mothers. Babies born in Jerusalem made up 13.2% of the total number of babies born that year in Israel, whereas Jerusalem itself represented only 10.2% of Israel's population during the same year.

In 2015, Jerusalem averaged 3.87 children per mother, higher than the national average of 3.09 children per mother.

Of Jerusalem's Jewish residents over age 20, 35% consider themselves haredi, 12% traditionally religious (religious Zioonist) 12% traditional but non-observant, and 21% consider themselves secular. The affiliation of the remaining 1% is not known.

Statistics for Israel as a whole show that 10% of Israel's population consider themselves haredi, 11% consider themselves religious, 13% consider themselves to be traditionally religious, 22% consider themselves traditional but non-observant, and 44% consider themselves secular.

During the 2015-2016 school year, 75,244 pupils studied in Jerusalem schools. 49,000 (65%) of these students studied in haredi schools, 13.5 thousand studied in National Religious schools, and 12.5 thousand studied in Jewish secular schools.

During the 2014-2015 school year, 55% of 12th grade students took Israel's matriculation exams, and 34% of Jerusalem's students passed enough exames to be eligible for a high school diploma.

The national average of 12th grade students eligible for a high school diploma is 64%.

Of the students who studied in private but government recognized Jerusalem schools, 70% were eligible for a high school diploma, compared to 77% nationally. Of those students in religious schools under the Ministry of Education, 73% of students were eligible for a high school diploma, compared to 76% nationally. Only 4% of those in haredi schools took the matriculation exams, compared to 11% of haredi students nationally.

88.6% of Jerusalem residents work in their city of residence, compared to 71.9% of Haifa residents, 65.2% of Tel Aviv residents, 58.7% of Ashdod residents, 46.5% of Petah Tikva residents, and 37.1% of Rishon Lezion residents.

78% of tourists who visited Israel in 2016 also visited Jerusalem, and 51% of tourists spent a night or more in the city.

69% of tourists visited the Western Wall, 64% visited the Jewish Quarter, 55% visited the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, 49% visited the Via Dolorosa, 49% visited the Mount of Olives, 37% visited the City of David, 28% visited the Tower of David, 20% visited Yad Vashem, 19% visited the Garden Tomb, 16% visited the Israel Museum, and 8% visited Al Aqsa mosque.

In 2015, the number of adults aged 20 and older who lived in large cities (200,000 or more residents) in Israel and who felt comfortable walking alone in their cities of residence was lower than average, at 81%. The city with the lowest number of citizens who felt safe walking at night was Jerusalem, with a rating of only 71%.








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