Bnei Brak is Israel's Most Crowded City
by G. Kleiman
Data for 2001-2002 released by the Central Bureau for
Statistics (CBS) shows Bnei Brak is the most crowded city in
Israel. The report covers various categories, and surveys the
13 largest cities in the country which all have a population
of more than 100,000 residents.
Rishon Letzion is the most spacious city and has the lowest
rate of traffic accidents, infant mortality and unemployment.
Ashkelon posted the highest infant morality and unemployment
rates. Be'er Sheva had the highest rate of road accidents and
the lowest prices for apartments. Tel Aviv posted the highest
average apartment price.
The unemployment rate in some cities: Ashkelon (17%), Be'er
Sheva (14.8%), Bnei Brak (10.6%), Tel Aviv-Jaffa (10%),
Jerusalem (9.2%), Ramat Gan (7.8%) and Petach Tikva
The cities where education outlays per student are highest
include Tel Aviv (NIS 1,820), Rishon Letzion (NIS 1,534) and
Be'er Sheva (NIS 1,413); the lowest outlays per student were
in Jerusalem (NIS 907), Haifa (NIS 830) and Bat Yam (NIS
Leading the list of welfare costs are Tel Aviv (NIS 885 per
person), Be'er Sheva (NIS 625) and Ashkelon (NIS 600); at the
bottom of the list are Jerusalem (NIS 471), Ashdod (NIS 445)
and Holon (NIS 431).
The only cities with a positive migration balance are Ashdod
and Rishon Letzion. The greatest out-migration is from
Jerusalem (6,000 people), followed by Bnei Brak (4,000), Bat
Yam and Haifa (2,600 each), Holon (1,700), Tel Aviv and Ramat
Gan (1,400 each) and Petach Tikva and Netanya (400 each).
Last year the most crowded conditions were found in Bnei Brak
(19,500 inhabitants per square kilometer), Bat Yam (16,300)
and Ramat Gan (9,300). In contrast Rishon Letzion had only
4,130 inhabitants per square kilometer.
The 13 most populated cities were Jerusalem (680,000
inhabitants), Tel Aviv (360,000), Haifa (271,000), Rishon
Letzion (212,000), Ashdod (188,000), Be'er Sheva (182,000),
Petach Tikva (173,000), Holon (166,000), Netanya (165,000),
Bnei Brak (139,000), Bat Yam (134,000), Ramat Gan (127,000)
and Ashkelon (105,000) -- kein yirbu.
The report listed Bnei Brak as the city with the longest life
Infant mortality rates were as follows: Ashkelon (7.6 deaths
per thousand births), Jerusalem (6.5), Bat Yam (6.4%), Haifa
(6.1%), Netanya (5.4) Ashdod (5.3), Tel Aviv-Jaffa (5.2),
Be'er Sheva (5), Holon (4.1), Petach Tikva (3.1), Ramat Gan
(2.7) and Rishon Letzion (2.3).