A taxi driver collects a passenger near the Jerusalem Bus Station.
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)
Since Jerusalem is a relatively poor city in comparison to other large Israeli cities, one would expect that fewer households would possess durable goods, since the prices of some of them are quite high. Further, a considerable percentage of the city’s residents are haredim and Arabs, who either consider some of these products to be luxuries or for whom it isn’t “religiously” acceptable to have them. Thus we can understand why the rate of ownership in Jerusalem of certain durable goods is lower than it is in other cities.
And yet, Jerusalem’s character reveals surprising findings with respect to the ownership of several products: for example, in 2016, the percentage of those who owned a deep freezer, which is useful for a large family, was 31% in Jerusalem as opposed to 25% in the rest of the country, and 9% in Tel Aviv.