Hey, don’t crowd me!

Jerusalem is getting pretty crowded.

By DAFNA SHEMER
June 13, 2018 15:54
2 minute read.
Chart representing population density

Chart representing population density. (photo credit: JERUSALEM INSTITUTE FOR POLICY RESEARCH)

Jerusalem is home to one tenth of Israel’s population and is the second largest local authority in Israel in terms of its area of jurisdiction. Only Dimona, which enlarged its area with the addition of the Nevatim Airbase, precedes it.

But just how great is the population density in the city? It seems that in terms of the ratio of population to jurisdiction area, the density isn’t that pronounced in Jerusalem. The local authority in Israel with the highest population density is Bnei Brak, with a density of 26 people to one dunam (one dunam = 1,000 square meters). Other local authorities with relatively high population densities are Givatayim (with an average of 18 people per dunam); Bat Yam, a local authority that doesn’t have an industrial area, (16 people per dunam); and Elad (13 people per dunam). In Jerusalem, for the sake of comparison, the ratio is seven people per dunam, similar to Tel Aviv (eight people per dunam). The population density in Jerusalem is apparently similar to the latter because of the lack of construction in the city’s valleys. And if you’re wondering, Dimona lags far behind with 0.2 people per dunam.

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