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4 Kislev 5765 - November 17, 2004 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Lowest Per Capita Spending in Bnei Brak

By G. Kleiman

The Central Bureau for Statistics released figures showing monthly household expenditures were highest in Israel in Tel Aviv. According to the data, which covered 13 major Israeli cities during the year 2003, the average Tel Aviv household spent 11,166 shekels ($2,481) per month. Bat Yam posted the lowest expenses with NIS 7,655 ($1,700).

On a per capita basis, monthly consumption came to NIS 4,843 ($1,076) in Tel Aviv, NIS 4,093 in Ramat Gan and NIS 3,435 in Haifa, while the lowest average spending was in Bnei Brak where only NIS 2,097 ($466) is spent, 43 percent of the amount in Tel Aviv. In Ashkelon spending came to NIS 2,399 per person and NIS 2,551 ($569) in Jerusalem.

The 13 cities surveyed were Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Rishon Letzion, Ramat Gan, Netanya, Holon, Bat Yam, Bnei Brak, Petach Tikva, Be'er Sheva, Ashdod and Ashkelon.

Housing accounted for the greatest portion of household costs, representing 22.8 percent of expenses. In Tel Aviv housing accounted for 28.3 percent of expenses compared to just 16 percent in Be'er Sheva.

Average food costs represented 16.8 percent, although in Ashkelon 20 percent of expenses went towards food compared to 14 percent in Tel Aviv and Ramat Gan. In Be'er Sheva the percentage of household costs for furniture and household accessories was 6.3 percent, twice the amount in Tel Aviv, Haifa and Rishon Letzion. Bnei Brak posted the highest spending on health care relative to total household expenses, 4.13 percent, compared to 2.3 percent in Tel Aviv.

Meanwhile housing is most crowded in Bnei Brak with 1.26 per room and least crowded in Tel Aviv, Ramat Gan and Haifa with 0.8 people per room.

The most expensive apartments were found in Tel Aviv, where the average apartment cost NIS 1,077,000 ($239,333), followed by Ramat Gan where the average apartment went for NIS 1,061,000 and NIS 831,000 ($184,666) in Jerusalem. The least expensive apartments were in Be'er Sheva (NIS 469,000) and Ashkelon (NIS 467,000-$103,777). Average housing costs were relatively high in Jerusalem and Bnei Brak, which nonetheless rank among Israel's poorest cities in terms of socioeconomic conditions, due to the high demand for apartments in both cities.

The highest property taxes were in Rishon Letzion, which levied NIS 311 ($69) per month, compared to just NIS 132 ($29) in Ashkelon. In Ashdod 74.6 percent of residents own the apartment they live in, compared to 48.7 percent in Tel Aviv.


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