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The city of Rishon Lezion recorded the highest standard of living in 2006 for the second year in a row, opposite Bat Yam, which took Ashkelon's place as the city at the bottom of the list with the lowest lifestyle.
The Central Bureau of Statistics report surveying household expenditures in the 14 largest cities in Israel during 2006, found that the average household in Rishon Lezion spent some NIS 13,076 a month on goods and services in 2006, the highest in the country, while the lowest spent was in Bat Yam at NIS 8,251.
At the same time, the highest average monthly per person consumption was recorded in Tel Aviv at NIS 5,737 in contrast to Bnei Brak where individuals spent just about bit less than a third of that amount, or an average of NIS 2,035 per month.
Rishon is also the city with the highest number of breadwinners in the family with an average of 1.4 compared with Haifa, Beersheba and Bnei Brak with an average of 1 and Jerusalem with an average of 1.1.
The largest families, counting 3.9 persons and 4.3 persons, on average, were located in Jerusalem and Bnei Brak, respectively.
The smallest families, with 2.2 persons, were located in Tel Aviv, where 45 percent of the surveyed lived in rental accommodations, the highest percentage of the 14 largest cities in Israel. That contrasts with Ashkelon where 80.5% of the residents live in self-owned apartments, followed by 76.2% in Bnei Brak, and 75.4% in Rishon Lezion.
The highest average monthly spent on rentals of NIS 2,502 was found in Rishon Lezion, closely followed by Tel Aviv with NIS 2,476, while in poorer Beersheba, residents paid the lowest average monthly rent of NIS 880 for a one bedroom.
At the same time, the average value of owned apartment units in Tel Aviv were rated the highest at NIS 1,245,000 and lowest in Beersheba at NIS 440,000.
Meanwhile, the CBS survey found that the average family in Jerusalem spent 18% of its total household expenditure on food, while in Tel Aviv the average family spent 13.8%. Holon residents spent 23.1% of their household expenditure, on average, on transportation and communications compared with 12.3% in Bnei Brak.
The survey also found that in city-to-city comparison, 90.1% of the households in Rishon Lezion had at least one mobile phone in 2006 and more than the majority of households in the 14 largest cities in the country had two cellular phones or more.
Of all the families interviewed, 60% owned at least one car and in Rishon Lezion, 75% of all households had at least one car, while in Bnei Brak only 25% of households had a car in 2006.