Family spending highest in Rishon Lezion [p. 17]

Rishon Lezion and Tel Aviv are the most established large cities in the country with the highest standard of living, opposite Ashkelon and Bnei Brak with the lowest lifestyle. The Central Bureau of Statistics report surveying households expenditure in the 14 largest cities in Israel during 2005, found that average family consumption spending on goods and services was highest in Rishon Lezion at NIS 13,329 a month and lowest in Ashkelon at NIS 8,047. Tel Aviv saw the highest average monthly consumption spending per person at NIS 4,954 in contrast to NIS 2,086 in Bnei Brak. The largest families counting 3.9 persons on average were located in Jerusalem and Bnei Brak, while the smallest with 2.3 persons were located in Tel Aviv. Rishon Lezion is the city with the highest number of breadwinners in the family with an average of 1.6 compared with Jerusalem, Haifa, Beersheba and Bnei Brak with an average of 1. The average family in Ashkelon spent 18.8 percent of their household expenditure on food, while in wealthier Ramat Gan, the average family spent 13.5% on food. Families eating out in Tel Aviv spent NIS 486 on average a month, which was more than twice as much as the national monthly average of NIS 236, while families in Bnei Brak spent about one fourth of the national average or NIS 58 a month on eating out. Highest average monthly spending on tobacco and cigarettes of NIS 152 was found in Beersheba, while Bnei Brak spent the lowest average monthly amount of NIS 26. Instead, Bnei Brak inhabitants spent the highest average monthly amount of NIS 220 on public transportation in 2005, while Petah Tikva had the lowest average monthly figure of NIS 67. Of all the families interviewed, 62.4% had a personal computer and 48.9% were connected to the Internet. In a city-to-city comparison, Bnei Brak had the lowest percentage of personal computer owners of 34.5%, while only 10.1% were connected to the Internet.