Yerushalayim — Facts and Figures

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The Jerusalem Institute for Policy Research published facts and figures of Israel’s capital.

By the end of 2020, the city population numbered 951,100 and accounted for 10% of Israel’s total population.

Yerushalayim has the largest Jewish population in Israel with 584,400 residents. Its 366,800 Arab residents constitute the largest urban population of any Israeli city, and account for 39% of the city’s population.

Tel Aviv has Israel’s second-largest populace (463,800), followed by Haifa (283,700), Rishon Letzion (256,100) and Beer Sheva (210,600).

In 2021, Yerushalayim’s Jewish population was divided between 257,000 chareidim (45%), 130,000 religious Zionists (23%), 79,000 traditional Jews, and 87,000 secular Jews.

Concerns that Arabs may eventually outnumber the capital’s Jews were allayed by a surprising reduction in family size throughout the Arab world.

In Yerushalayim, the size of the average non-Arab family climbed from 3.7 in 2000 to 4.3 in 2020. With Arabs, the opposite happened, with the average number of children per family falling from 4.3 in 2000 to only 3 in 2020.

Some 55% of Yerushalayim’s chareidim live below the poverty line — defined as 50% of the disposable median income — compared to 41% of all Israel’s chareidim. This compares to an overall 23% of Israeli citizens living below the poverty line.

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