In honor of Jerusalem Day 5767 and the 50th anniversary of the reunification of the city, we present you with data indicating a trend of improvement and increase in all fields. Jerusalem is growing in education, high-tech, housing and construction, tourism, culture and art.
According to Mayor Nir Barkat, "This year we embarked on an extremely important struggle for the future of Jerusalem, the goal of which was to implement many programs that will change the face of the city and will tangibly improve the quality of life. In 2017 we will continue to invest in all areas of life. On the day of celebration for Jerusalem, we will be joyous for Jerusalem, and strengthen her for future generations. I wish all of us a successful year for Jerusalem."
In the past six years, there has been a consistent and continuous increase of 26% in the number of first grade pupils in the Zionist sector: from 3,842 in the 2012-13 school year to 4,853 in the coming year, 2017-18. In addition, the Jerusalem Institute for Policy Studies found that in the past two years there has been a 28% increase in the number of people employed in high-tech in Jerusalem (compared with a national average of 8%). In 2015, there were 18,500 high-tech employees in the city, compared to 14,400 in 2013.
In the field of tourism - 78% of the tourists who arrived in Israel in 2016 visited Jerusalem, and 51% stayed overnight. Last year, 3,188 new immigrants settled in Jerusalem, and since 2011, a total of 18,577 new immigrants have settled in the city.
In 2016, permits were granted for the construction of 2,534 new housing units in the city, compared to 2,262 in 2015. In the past two years, 140 new playgrounds have been upgraded in the city, and an additional 50 will be upgraded in 2017. According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, 92% of Jerusalemites are satisfied with their lives (93% of Jews and 89% of Arabs): a rate slightly higher than that of the general population (88%).
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The face of Jerusalem in its 50th year of reunification:
- At the end of 2015, Jerusalem’s resident population was 865,700, an increase of 1.9% from the previous year (compared with a 2% in Israel).
- Jerusalem's population grew by 16,000 in 2015.
- The number of births in Jerusalem in 2015 was 23,600, which accounted for 13% of births in Israel.
- In 2015, 10,300 people moved to Jerusalem from other places in Israel. 18,100 residents left the city that year.
Groundbreaking Education in Jerusalem:
- More and more families choose to build their homes in Jerusalem: after a decade of decline, in the past eight years there has been a steady increase in public and religious-public schools, alongside the continued growth in all sectors.
- In the past six years, there has been a consistent and continuous increase of 26% in the number of first grade students in the Zionist sector: from 3,842 in the 2012-13 school year to 4,853 in the coming year, 2017-18.
- In the past six years, there has been a consistent and continuous increase of 13% in the number of seventh grade students in the Zionist sector: from 2,770 students in the 2012-13 school year to 3,124 in the coming year, 2017-18.
- This year, 1,000 new classrooms were built throughout Jerusalem, with an investment of 1 billion NIS, in accordance with a plan initiated to address the classroom shortage which exists in all sectors of the city.
- Higher Education - In 2015-16, approximately 36,200 students studied at all institutions of higher education in Jerusalem. 18,300 students studied at the Hebrew University, 11,600 students studied in seven academic colleges, and 6,200 in four academic colleges of education.
- 74% of the students studying in the city are satisfied with their residence in Jerusalem.
- 75% of the third year students studying in the city believe that they will stay in Jerusalem for the next two years.
The High-Tech Capital:
- In the past two years, there has been a 28% rise in the number of employees in high-tech in Jerusalem (compared with a national average of 8%). In 2013 there were 14,400 high-tech employees in Jerusalem, compared to 18,500 in 2015.
- Jerusalem will become the capital of autonomous cars with the expansion of a leading company in the city.
- In 2015, Jerusalem hotels hosted 2,568,300 tourists and 905,800 Israelis.
• In 2016, 78% of the tourists who arrived in Israel visited Jerusalem, and 51% stayed overnight.
- 69% of the tourists visited the Western Wall, 64% visited the Jewish Quarter, 55% visited the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, 49% visited Via Dolorosa, 49% visited the Mount of Olives cemetery, 37% visited the City of David, 28% visited the Tower of David, 20% visited Yad Vashem, 19% visited the Garden of the Holy Sepulcher, 16% visited the Israel Museum, and 8% visited the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Leading in Construction:
- In 2016, construction was completed for 3,120 housing units in the city.
- In 2016, permits were issued for the construction of 2534 new housing units in the city - compared to 2,262 in 2015.
- In 2016 permits were issued for the construction of 230 housing units in the National Outline Plan 38, compared with only 19 in 2014.
- Jerusalem is the first city in which an Urban Renewal Administration has been established, with pre-construction and evacuation plans that add about 9,000 housing units to the city. Of these plans, over 1,000 housing units are already in approved programs.
- In the past two years, 140 new playground parks have been upgraded in the city, and another 50 will be upgraded by 2017.
- In the past year, shade structures have been installed in 55 existing playground parks. In the coming year, another 100 will be installed in the city's parks.
- The multi-year plan continues for the replacement of all the city's garbage containers with underground garbage cans. In the past year, 300 cans have been installed underground, and this year around 300 will be installed all over the city.
Jerusalem Leads in Culture:
- The Jerusalem Municipality supports more than 60 cultural institutions in various support tracks, amounting to 50 million NIS.
- Jerusalem has over 10 museums, and is the leading city in its quantity and variety of museums. The two of the most important museums in Israel are located in Jerusalem: the Israel Museum and the Yad Vashem Museum, which receive about two million visits a year.
- Jerusalem has seven art schools, and the largest concentration of art schools in the country.
- The city has ten theaters and various theater groups; including the well-known Repertory Khan Theater, and the Incubator Theater, which was established by the graduates of the Nissan Nativ Acting Studio, as a satirical theater with a young and contemporary spirit.
- Jerusalem has an abundance of festivals. The older ones include the Israel Festival, the world renowned International Chamber Music Festival, the Biennale for Drawing, the Oud Festival, the Piyut Festival, and the International Writers Festival. The new ones include the International Jazz Festival, the Piano Festival, which provides a platform for Israeli musicians and performers who are very well-known in the world, but rarely perform in Israel, the International Biennial of Jewish Art, and more.
- We are currently establishing the Jerusalem Campus for the Arts in the Beit Ha'Am compound. The planned complex will be a campus for the performing arts and the home of four schools, which are currently scattered throughout the city: the Sam Spiegel Film School, the School of Visual Theater, the Nissan Nativ Acting Studio, and the School for Middle Eastern Music. The complex is in the advanced stages of construction, and should be completed by the end of 2018.
- At the same time, the construction of the Bezalel campus continues in the city center (in the Russian Compound). Upon completion of these projects, the Jerusalem city center will be transformed into a young, vibrant center for students.
- This year, we will continue the project of upgrading and renovating about 70 sports facilities in the city, and the construction of 130 small community sports facilities in the neighborhoods.
- The municipality is building three swimming pools in the neighborhoods, and another three swimming pools are in the planning stages.
- Jerusalem has become the leading city for hosting international sporting events: the Jerusalem International Marathon - with participation from about 30,000 runners from 64 countries around the world. Jerusalem is preparing to host the 20th Maccabiah in July 2017, as well as the International Children's Games, which will be held in Israel for the first time in 2018.
Transportation - Building the future
- Development of the Light Rail continues - the municipality approved the "blue line" of the light rail from the Gilo neighborhood, through the city center to the Ramot neighborhood. Its second track will move between Malha, Emek Refaim, Khan, and Ramot. The line is about 20 km long, and will serve approximately 250,000 passengers daily. The blue line will join the light rail network: the red line that is already in service, and the green line that is already in advanced approval stages in the district committee.
Olim Choose Jerusalem
- Jerusalem greeted 3,118 new immigrants in 2016. Since 2011, Jerusalem has seen 18,577 new immigrants.
Happy Living in Jerusalem
- 92% of those aged 20 and over in Jerusalem are satisfied with their lives (93% of the Jews and 89% of the Arabs), slightly higher than the rate in the general population (88%).
- 60% of Jerusalem residents are satisfied with their economic situation (68% of the Jews and 43% of the Arabs), at a rate similar to the general population. In addition, 57% of the city's employed residents are satisfied with their income (similar to the national rate - 59%), and 85% are satisfied with their work. Of the employees, 27% are members of a workers' organization.
- 72% of Jerusalem residents are satisfied with their area of residence (86% of Jews, compared to 44% of Arabs). In the general population, 83% are satisfied with their area of residence (86% of the Jews and 67% of the Arabs).
- 74% of young people and young families living in the city would recommend a close friend to move to Jerusalem.
- 85% of young people and young families believe they will stay in Jerusalem for the next two years.
Jerusalem on social networks:
- Our Facebook page has received about 15,715 likes since the previous Jerusalem Day! This year, we passed 100,000 for the first time!
- We are also loved by 367 users from Egypt, 223 from Jordan, 172 from Iraq, 167 from Pakistan, 126 from Morocco, 124 from Malaysia, 100 from Algeria, and 100 from Saudi Arabia.
- Our video about Jerusalem, "VOICES OF JERUSALEM", reached 814,400 users, gained 335,112 hits, reached 19,316 likes, and was shared 3,631 times!
- We have increased our Facebook Live broadcasts this year, with the most visited ones being the marriage proposal at the Jerusalem Marathon, and the Safron Square ceremonies for Holocaust Remembrance Day and Memorial Day for the Fallen Soldiers of Israel and Victims of Terrorism.
Data courtesy of the Strategic Planning Division, The Jerusalem Institute for Policy Studies, Central Bureau of Statistics.