Real Clear Israel Press Release The 47th Jerusalem Day: Young People are Choosing Jerusalem According to Data from the Central Bureau of Statistics

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Data from the Central Bureau of Statistics: Young People are Choosing Jerusalem

*The growth in Zionist education is continuing after a decade and a half of decline * Half of the people moving to Jerusalem are young people aged 20-34 * The number of young people leaving the city has declined by approximately 70% in the last 4 years * A record number of new building projects began in the capital during 2013, breaking the previous record which stood for 20 years * Approximately 7 million people visited cultural events, festivals and cultural institutions in the city during 2013 * 92% of Jerusalem’s residents are happy with their lives * Jerusalem’s residents are the most optimistic in Israel in regard to their future.

 Mayor Nir Barkat: “The residents of Jerusalem feel the youthful energy coursing through Israel’s capital, and are enjoying the great wave of development enveloping Jerusalem.”

In the 47th year to the unification of Jerusalem, Israel’s capital is establishing itself as the leading city in Israel.

Jerusalem is leading in housing, culture and the arts, education, tourism and in national events. Jerusalem is experiencing growth in all fields, and is drawing visitors from around the world.

The education in the Zionist sector (state and state-religious) is continuing to grow after a decade and a half of continuous decline. The past four years have seen continuous growth in state and state-religious education systems from 58,908 students in the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year, to 62,941 students in the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year. Registration to first grade in the state and state-religious education systems is expected to increase by 5% in the 2014-2015 school year. The rise in the percentage of matriculation eligibility in the city is continuing: 76% in the state-religious education system (compared with 71% who were eligible last year) and 69% in the state education system (compared with 66% who were eligible last year).

Approximately 30,000 young people have moved to Jerusalem in the last four years. Most of the people who moved to Jerusalem in 2012 are young people between the ages of 20 and 34, who constituted 51% of all those moving into Jerusalem (5,330) from the Tel Aviv metropolitan area and the Jerusalem metropolitan area. The main cities to which people move when they leave Jerusalem are: Tel Aviv, Beit Shemesh, Modi’in Illit, Bnei Brak and Beitar Illit.

A record number of new building projects began in the city during 2013, breaking the previous record which stood for 20 years. In the last three years, the municipality has approved plans for the construction of 15,651 new residential units throughout the entire city. Approximately 7 million people visited cultural events, festivals and cultural institutions in the city during 2013. Approximately 4 million tourists stayed in Jerusalem, overtaking the number of tourists in Haifa and Tel Aviv. The revenue from the hi-tech industry in Jerusalem: nearly NIS 12 billion, compared with only NIS 6.7 billion in Tel Aviv and NIS 7 billion in Haifa. The municipality is advancing the construction of 4 million square meters for businesses and employment, which will add 100,000 new jobs to the city. 2,335 new immigrants settled in Jerusalem during 2013, 959 of them between the ages of 19 and 30. These immigrants constitute 13% of all new immigrants arriving to Israel, twice as many as Tel Aviv (1,060) and Haifa (1,130). The residents of Jerusalem are happy with their life in the city: 92% of Jerusalem’s residents are happy with their lives, compared with 88% in Israel, 86% in Tel Aviv and 81% in Haifa. Jerusalem’s residents are also the most optimistic in Israel in regard to their future: 63% of the residents estimated that their life in the future will be better. This rate is a bit higher than the rate in Israel (59%), in Tel Aviv (57%) and in Haifa (54%).

Mayor Nir Barkat: “The residents of Jerusalem feel the youthful energy coursing through the city, and are enjoying the great wave of development enveloping Jerusalem. Jerusalem is a modern, attractive and leading city, which attracts young people who enjoy the culture, sport, leisure, excellent education and quality of life that exists only in Jerusalem. We are continuing to develop the city together with the residents, and are investing all of our resources in developing Israel’s capital for future generations. It is a great privilege.”                                                                                                

A City on the Rise

  • The construction of a record number of residential units began in Jerusalem during 2013, breaking the previous record which stood for 20 years.

  • In the past three years, the municipality has approved plans for the construction of 15,651 new residential units throughout the entire city.

  • Most people who moved to Jerusalem are young people aged 20 and 34.

  • Approximately 7 million people visited cultural events, festivals and cultural institutions in the city during 2013.

  • Jerusalem is a leading city for tourism. Approximately 4 million tourists stayed in Jerusalem during 2012, a 22% increase in comparison to 2011.

  • Revenue from the hi-tech industry in Jerusalem: nearly NIS 12 billion, compared with only NIS 6.7 billion in Tel Aviv and NIS 7 billion in Haifa.

  • The municipality is advancing the construction of 4 million square meters for businesses and employment, which will add 100,000 new jobs to the city.

  • 2,335 new immigrants settled in Jerusalem during 2013, 959 of them between the ages of 19 and 30. These immigrants constitute 13% of all new immigrants arriving to Israel, twice as many as in Tel Aviv (1,060) and Haifa (1,130).

  • The residents of Jerusalem are happy with their life in the city: 92% of Jerusalem’s residents are happy with their lives, compared with 88% in Israel, 86% in Tel Aviv and 81% in Haifa.

  • Jerusalem’s residents are the most optimistic about their life in the future. 63% of the residents estimated that their life in the future will be better. This rate is a bit higher than the rate in Israel (59%), in Tel Aviv (57%) and in Haifa (54%).

Building and Housing

  • 2013 was a record regarding the number of residential units whose construction began, and the number of residential units whose construction ended.

  • The construction of a record number of residential units started in Jerusalem during 2013, breaking the previous record which stood for 20 years – the construction of 3,442 apartments began in 2013, compared with 2,470 in 2012 and 2,360 in 2011.

  • Jerusalem also leads in the percentage of apartments whose construction ended, when compared with Tel Aviv and Haifa. In 2013, the percentage of apartments whose construction ended in Jerusalem constituted 6% of all the apartments whose construction ended in Israel, higher than Tel Aviv (4%) and Haifa (2%).

  • In the last three years, the municipality has approved plans for the construction of 15,651 new residential units throughout the entire city.

  • Evacuation and renewal for bureaucracy: This year, the mayor has announced a plan of “evacuation and renewal for bureaucracy”, a reform which is the first of its kind in Israel. As part of this plan, the municipality of Jerusalem will assume the responsibility of leading urban renewal projects. The plan includes a new municipal policy for encouraging, incentivizing and accompanying the residents and the entrepreneurs in urban renewal projects.

Young People are Choosing Jerusalem

  • 10,450 new residents moved to Jerusalem from various areas of the country during 2012.

  • Most those who moved to Jerusalem are young people between the ages of 20 and 34, who constituted 51% of all those moving into Jerusalem (5,330).

  • The number of young people leaving the city has declined by approximately 70% in the last 4 years.

  • The municipality is investing in empowering young people: we founded the Young People’s Authority, we inaugurated a youth center built at an investment of NIS 15 million, we assisted in establishing dozens of communities of young idealists in various neighborhoods, we will expand the young neighborhood project, we dramatically broadened the cultural life available to young people, while at the same time creating new employment and housing solutions for young people.

Education

  • The state and state-religious education systems are continuing to grow after a decade and a half of continuous decline.

  • The past four years have seen continuous growth in state and state-religious education systems from 58,908 students in the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year, to 62,941 students in the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year.

  • Registration to first grade in the state and state-religious education systems is expected to increase by 5% in the 2014-2015 school year.

  • The rise in the percentage of matriculation eligibility in the city is continuing: 76% in the state-religious education system (compared with 71% who were eligible last year) and 69% in the state education system (compared with 66% who were eligible last year).

  • Discounted afternoon programs operate throughout the city and are available to all the children who attend municipal kindergartens. In the coming year, first and second graders will also enjoy high quality discounted afternoon programs at an affordable price.

  • 38,100 students, who constitute 14% of all the students in Israel, attended higher education institutions in Jerusalem. 20,300 students attended the Hebrew University, 11,800 students attended seven academic colleges, and 6,000 attended five academic colleges of education.

Tens of Thousands of New Jobs in the City

  • The municipality is advancing the construction of 4 million square meters for businesses and employment in the new business district which is being at the entrance to the city, in Talpiot, in Giva’at Shaul, Malcha, Har Hotzvim, the east of the city and more.

  • A record number of 50,000 new jobs were created in Jerusalem between 2008 and 2012, and the municipality is advancing the addition of a further 100,000 new jobs in the next couple of years.

  • The number of employed people in Jerusalem – 293,800 – 9% of all those employed in Israel.

  • The percentage of women in the workplace in Jerusalem (82%) is higher than the percentage of men in the workplace (71%).

  • 75% of those employed in Jerusalem are city residents, 11% are residents of Judea and Samaria, 6% are residents of the Jerusalem district and 1% are residents of Tel Aviv.

  • 48% of those employed in the city work in the public service sector (compared with only 27% in Tel Aviv).

  • Revenue from the hi-tech industry in Jerusalem: nearly NIS 12 billion, compared with only NIS 6.7 billion in Tel Aviv and NIS 7 billion in Haifa.

Approximately 4 Million Tourists

  • Jerusalem is a leader in tourism.

  • The number of stays at Jerusalem hotels was 3,893,300, which constituted 17% of all tourist stays in Israel.

  • The number of Israeli stays in 2013 was 836,200, compared with 762,400 stays in 2012, 684,900 stays in 2011 and 653,900 stays in 2010.

  • The revenue from hotels in Jerusalem reached NIS 2.76 billion.

  • Jerusalem leads in the average length of stay per tourist – 3.4 nights, compared with 3.2 in Tel Aviv and Haifa.

  • Jerusalem offers over 9,300 hotel rooms, and the municipality is planning to add 5,400 rooms over the next five years.

  • 80% of tourists entering Israel visit Jerusalem.

A Capital of Sports and Culture

  • Approximately 7 million people visited culture events, festivals and cultural institutions in the city during 2013.

  • The number of culture events and festivals taking place in Jerusalem has increased by 300%.

  • The municipal budget for supporting cultural events has increased 8 fold.

  • Many events are planned to take place in the city during the summer: The Light Festival, The International Movie Festival, The Front Stage line of street parties, The Jerusalem Culture Season, The Wine Festival at the Israel Museum, a Puppet Theater Festival, “Hutzot HaYotzer” and many more.

  • A Formula 1 exhibition will be held this year in the streets of Jerusalem for the second time in history.

  • “HaPayis” Arena, which will be inaugurated this year, will become a multipurpose sports and culture center. The arena is part of the national sports complex which includes the expanded Teddy Stadium (34,000 seats), an Olympic swimming center, an upgraded tennis center, a sports hotel, a light rail line and more.

  • Approximately 30,000 runners took part in the fourth International Jerusalem Marathon which took place this year, 2,500 of which were from 54 countries around the world. The Marathon was elected as one of the ten best international spring races in the world, by the British running magazine “Women’s Running Magazine”. The hotels throughout the city were packed, with over 10,000 stays booked. The marathon created a positive impression both in Israel and abroad, contributing substantially to the city’s economy and its global branding.

Jerusalem – A Green City

  • The new Mesilla Park opened, with bicycle paths, sitting corners, lawns, playgrounds and sports facilities. The Park is 7 kilometers long and goes through seven of the city’s neighborhoods, starting at Liberty Bell Park and ending in Malcha. It is part of the 42 kilometers of new bicycle paths that surround Jerusalem.

  • The Jerusalem Park – a nature and recreation park that covers an area of almost 3710 acres. The park includes a system of three metropolitan parks that surround the city: Emek Ha’Arazim, Emek Motza, and Emek Refa’im. The Park offers hiking, bicycle paths, picnic areas and playgrounds.

  • The renewed Gazelle Valley is Jerusalem’s first urban nature park, and covers an area of almost 62 acres. As part of the renovation, new deer will be brought to the park.  Bicycle paths, a bird promenade, observation points and playgrounds are currently being constructed in the park.

  • The Aquarium – the largest underwater park in Israel, and also the first of its kind in Israel, was built as part of a 32 acre expansion of the Biblical Zoo aimed at the promotion of nature conservation and educational programs. Several giant aquariums will be built in the park, where visitors will be able to observe underwater animals from various angles. Additionally, an educational center will be built in the park in order to promote the understanding of the underwater world surrounding Israel.

  • Recycling in Jerusalem: 65,881 tons were recycled in Jerusalem in 2013, compared with 40,992 tons in 2012- a spike of 60% in the citywide recycling of garbage. In recent years the municipality has placed over 3,000 collection containers for various recyclable materials throughout the city, while hundreds of containers for collecting organic waste were also created, and composters were subsidized in the city’s neighborhoods.

  • The Atarot garbage sorting and treatment center, which will be inaugurated this year, will quadruple the amount of the recycled garbage in Jerusalem.

Residents of Jerusalem: Optimistic and Pleased with their Lives

  • The residents of Jerusalem are happy with their life in the city: 92% of Jerusalem’s residents are happy with their lives, compared with 88% in Israel, 86% in Tel Aviv and 81% in Haifa.

  • Jerusalem’s residents are the most optimistic in regard to their future. 63% of the residents estimated that their life in the future will be better. This rate is a bit higher than the rate in Israel (59%), in Tel Aviv (57%) and in Haifa (54%).

  • 87% of Jerusalem’s residents were either satisfied or extremely satisfied with their workplace, which is similar to the rate in Israel and in Tel Aviv (88%)

  • The residents of Jerusalem felt relatively secure in their place of work. 56% did not fear losing their place of work at all, a similar rate to Tel Aviv (57%), but lower that the overall rate in Israel (65%).

  • 64% of the residents of Jerusalem were either satisfied or extremely satisfied with their income, a rate which is slightly higher rate than the overall rate in Israel (59%) and the rate in Tel Aviv (58%).

  • 63% of the residents of Jerusalem were either satisfied or extremely satisfied with their economic situation, a rate which is slightly higher than the overall rate in Israel (59%) and the rate in Tel Aviv (54%).

Immigrants Choose Jerusalem

  • Jerusalem leads in absorbing new immigration: 2,335 new immigrants settled in Jerusalem during 2013, 959 of them aged 19 and 30. These immigrants constitute 13% of all new immigrants arriving in Israel, twice as much as Tel Aviv (1,060) and Haifa (1,130).

  • Out of the 2,335 new immigrants who settled in Jerusalem during 2013, 581 were from the USA, 473 were from France, and 339 were from the former Soviet Union.

 

Jerusalem in Numbers

  • Jerusalem in the largest city in Israel, with an area of almost 31,000 acres.

  • The word ירושלים (Jerusalem in Hebrew) appears in Google 124,000,000 times.

  • The word Jerusalem appears in Google 290,000,000 times.

  • The average temperature in Jerusalem during the winter is 12 degrees centigrade, and 29 degrees during the summer

  • The total length of road in Jerusalem is 1,640 kilometers

  • The longest street in the city is Menachem Begin Blvd. which is 15.7 kilometers long.

  • The shortest road is Ma’ala a Tabuna stairs, which is 7.60 meters long, followed by Matityahu Street, which is 9.55 meters long.

  • There are 28 kilometers of highway in Jerusalem.

  • Jerusalem is located in the Judea Mountains, and therefore offers 34.9 kilometers of stairs as shortcuts for the convenience of the city’s residence.

  • There are approximately 2,000 archeological sites in Jerusalem.

Data was sourced from the Central Bureau of Statistics, the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies, the Jerusalem Municipality departments, the Israel Hotel Association and the Jerusalem Development Authority.

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