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Statistics from the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies

Statistics from the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies
for Jerusalem Day, June 2008

Available data is published in its entirety at the Institute's site,

Press Announcement for Publication on Friday, May 30th, 2008

As it does every year as Jerusalem day approaches, the Jerusalem Institute
for Israel Studies publishes updated statistics in the fields of demography
and economics. Data relating to Jerusalem and its residents are collected
at the Jerusalem Institute and at the Central Bureau of Statistics.
Following is a selection of the published statistics:

The population of Jerusalem at the end of 2007 reached 746,300
residents - of whom 489,480 were Jews (and others, not Arabs) and 256,820
Arabs. The Jewish (and other) population comprised 66% of the population
and the Arab population 34%.
In 2007 the city's population grew by 13,000, a rise of 1.8% over
last year.
The balance of migration in 2007 was negative, and stood at -6,390.
18,750 residents left Jerusalem to other localities in the country, and
12,360 moved from elsewhere in the country to Jerusalem.
In the years 1990-2007 284,850 Jerusalem residents left the city,
and 174,560 new residents came to live in Jerusalem; the balance of
migration was thus negative and stood at -110,200.
In the first decade following the re-unification of the city
(1967-1976) 6% of the residents leaving the city remained in the area of
Metropolitan Jerusalem (the Jerusalem region, including Judea and Samaria).
In the second decade the percentage of those departing who chose to live in
the area rose to 32%, in the third decade the rate rose further to 45%, and
in the last decade the rate reached 51%.
Since the end of the 1990s there has been a significant rise in the
percentage of new immigrants who have chosen Jerusalem as their first place
of residence in the country. In the year 2007 2,500 new immigrants settled
in Jerusalem.
In 2007 the birth rate among the Jewish population stood at 25.8
(i.e., 25.8 births for every 1,000 people) and 30.5 among the Arab
The fertility rate in Jerusalem (the average number of births per
woman over the course of her life) has been decreasing among the Arab
population (from 4.3 in the year 2000 to 4.0 in the year 2006) and
increasing among the Jewish population (from 3.7 in 2000 to 3.9 in 2006).
In 2006 the fertility rate among Jews in Jerusalem was higher than
that among Jews of Israel overall - 3.9 and 2.7, respectively. The
fertility rate among Arabs in Jerusalem was also higher than that among
Arabs, overall, in Israel - 4.0 and 3.7, respectively.
Over the years there has been a drop in the mortality rate among
both Arabs and Jews. Since the end of the 1970s, in Jerusalem the mortality
rate among the Arab population has been lower than that among the Jewish
population, and in 2007 stood at 5.2 mortalities per 1,000 Jews and 2.8
mortalities per 1,000 Arabs.

Poverty Rate

2006 showed the beginning of a decline in the poverty rate among
the Jewish population (per person) inJerusalem (from 30% to 27%) while there
was a slight rise in the poverty rate among the Arab population (from 67% to
In 2006 21% of Jewish families and 67% of Arab families were poor,
and the percentage of people living under the poverty line was 28% among the
Jews and 68% among the Arabs. The percentage of children living in poverty
was 39% among the Jewish population and 77% among the Arab population.


The number of guests and the number of overnight stays in hotels in
Jerusalem continue to reach new heights. In 2007 the total number of guests
and overnight stays of Israelis and foreign tourists surpassed even the
numbers of 2000, when the previous records were set.
The number of guests in Jerusalem hotels in 2007 stood at
1,225,800, of which: 875,200 were foreign tourists and 350,600 were
Israelis. Tourists accounted for 71% of all the guests in hotels in
The number of overnight stays in Jerusalem in 2007 was 3,521,000,
of which 2,896,000 were of foreign tourists and 625,000 were of Israelis.
82% of the overnight stays at hotels in Jerusalem were of tourists
from abroad.


The number of people employed in Jerusalem stood at 232,600, of
whom approximately 48% worked in public service, 13% in business, and 7% in
industry (statistics ffrom the beginning of 2007). The rate of participation
in the work force in Jerusalem was 45%, compared to 56% nationally.

Data Sources: The Statistical Yearbook of Jerusalem, published by the
Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies and the Jerusalem Municipality, and
the Central Bureau of Statistics. Data on rates of poverty - from the
National Insurance Institute and the Central Bureau of Statistics.

Statistics for 2007 are not final and were obtained with the generous
assistance of the Central Bureau of Statistics on the occasion of
approaching Jerusalem Day.

Details and additional information can be found at the Institue's internet
site: www.jiis.org.il

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