Newly released Central Bureau of Statistics data on household expenditures in Israel reveal that in 2009 the average monthly household expenditure for Jerusalem was NIS 11,900 compared with a national average of NIS 13,000 and NIS 14,400 in Tel Aviv. Given the differences in household size, the (standard) average per-capita monthly expenditure in Jerusalem was actually NIS 4,000, far below the national average (NIS 4,700) and the average in Tel Aviv (NIS 6,900).The primary household expenditure categories in Jerusalem were: housing (26%); transportation and communications (17%); food (17%); and education, culture and entertainment (13%). Percentage-wise, the distribution of household expenditures in Jerusalem was similar to the figures for Israel and Tel Aviv.Monetarily, the household expenditure on food in Jerusalem, Israel and Tel Aviv was similar, around NIS 2,100. But as we know, “different strokes for different folks.” In Jerusalem, the primary food expenditure categories were fresh produce (NIS 410); meat and poultry (NIS 340); bread, grains and other baked goods (NIS 330); dairy products and eggs (NIS 300); and dining out (NIS 240).www.jiis.orgWhereas in Jerusalem and throughout Israel the two leading categories in household expenditure on food were fresh produce and meat and poultry, in Tel Aviv dining out topped the list, followed by fresh produce. In fact, on average Tel Avivians spend around 31 percent of their monthly food bill on eating out, compared to an average of 12% for Jerusalemites and 14% for all Israeli households.