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An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man walks next to an Israeli female soldier on Jaffa Road

Jerusalem Remains Israel's Biggest City with Nearly 1 Million Residents

Jerusalem remains Israel’s largest city with 984,500 residents, about 10% of the entire country’s population, according to data published by the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) on Wednesday, May 17, ahead of Jerusalem Day.

In December 2022, some 60.8% of the city’s population was Jewish or non-Arab, while 39.2% was Arab. Some 29% of the city’s residents are Haredim (ultra-Orthodox) and thus comprise almost half of the city’s Jewish population.

The capital’s population grew by about 13,200, but more people left the city than moved to it. The rise was accounted for by 20,200 additional births while 8,500 arrived and 15,500 left for other localities.

Most new arrivals came from Beit Shemesh, Tel Aviv, and Bnei Brak. Most who left moved to Beit Shemesh, Tel Aviv, and Givat Ze’ev.

Children under 15 account for 33% of the city’s population, while only 9.6% are over the age of 64, making Jerusalem a relatively “young” city compared with other municipalities.

The birth rate in Jerusalem stands at 3.86 children per family, higher than the national average of 3. It is higher among Jews and non-Arabs than among Arabs: 4.39 compared to 3.09. (JPost / VFI News)

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