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This list includes localities that are in Israel that the Israeli Ministry of Interior has designated as a city council. Jerusalem includes occupied East Jerusalem. The list is based on the current index of the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Within Israel's system of local government, an urban municipality can be granted a city council by the Interior Ministry when its population exceeds 20,000.[1] The term "city" does not generally refer to local councils or urban agglomerations, even though a defined city often contains only a small portion of an urban area or metropolitan area's population.

List

Israel has 16 cities with populations over 100,000, including Jerusalem and Tel Aviv-Yafo.[2] In all, there are 77 Israeli localities granted "municipalities" (or "city") status by the Ministry of the Interior, including four Israeli settlements in the West Bank.[3] Two more cities are planned: Kasif, a planned city to be built in the Negev, and Harish, originally a small town currently being built into a large city. The area and population of Jerusalem includes that of East Jerusalem which has been de facto annexed by Israel and incorporated within Jerusalem's municipal borders under the Jerusalem Law. This, however, is not recognized by the international community who regard East Jerusalem as part of the Occupied Palestinian Territory.[4][5] If East Jerusalem is considered part of Israel, Tel Aviv is the country's second most populous city with 452,000 residents after Jerusalem with 919,000; if not, Tel Aviv is the most populous city before West Jerusalem with around 350,000.

The following table lists all Israeli cities by name, district, population, and area, according to the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics:

Name First
settlement
Photo District Population
estimate,
2018[6]
Population
census,
2008[7]
Change,
2008–
–2018
Area,
km²
[8]
Density,
per km²
[9]
Socio-
economic
index[10]
Acre[cbs 1] Bronze Age   North 48,930 46,100 +6.14% 13.5 3,362.0 −0.395
Afula Bronze Age   North 51,737 40,200 +28.70% 26.9 1,611.7 −0.028
Arad 1962   South 26,451 23,400 +13.04% 93.1 195.9 0.287
Arraba[cbs 2] N/A   North 25,369 20,600 +23.15% 8.25 3,097.1 −0.945
Ashdod Bronze Age   South 224,628 204,300 +9.95% 47.2 4,783.9 −0.109
Ashkelon[cbs 3] Neolithic   South 140,968 110,600 +27.46% 47.8 2,964.8 -0.032
Baqa al-Gharbiyye Middle Ages   Haifa 29,393 N/A N/A 16.4 3,152.1 −0.736
Bat Yam 1926   Tel Aviv 128,774 130,300 −1.17% 8.2 15,758.4 −0.025
Beersheba[cbs 4] 1900[note 1]   South 209,002 193,400 +8.07% 117.5 1,751.7 0.035
Beit She'an[cbs 5] Neolithic   North 18,227 16,900 +7.85% 7.3 2,379.9 −0.277
Beit Shemesh[cbs 6] 1950   Jerusalem 118,676 72,700 +63.24% 34.3 2,866.6 −1.149
Bnei Brak[cbs 7] 1924   Tel Aviv 198,863 151,800 +31.00% 7.1 25,709.4 −1.304
Dimona 1955   South 34,135 32,400 +5.35% 29.9 193.7 −0.235
Eilat[cbs 8] Neolithic   South 51,935 47,300 +9.80% 84.8 509.6 0.247
El'ad 1998   Center 47,866 33,900 +41.20% 2.8 13,138.6 −1.493
Giv'at Shmuel[cbs 9] 1944   Center 26,023 21,000 +23.92% 2.6 9,978.1 1.124
Givatayim[cbs 10] 1922   Tel Aviv 60,212 52,100 +15.57% 3.3 18,058.2 1.417
Hadera 1891   Haifa 95,683 79,400 +20.51% 49.4 1,809.2 0.255
Haifa Antiquity   Haifa 283,640 264,300 +7.32% 63.7 4,331.4 0.652
Herzliya[cbs 11] 1924   Tel Aviv 95,142 86,300 +10.25% 21.6 4,291.0 1.373
Hod HaSharon 1924   Center 62,325 46,300 +34.61% 21.6 3,058.9 1.485
Holon 1935   Tel Aviv 194,273 176,300 +10.19% 18.9 10,017.7 0.509
Jerusalem Neolithic   Jerusalem 919,438 759,700 +21.03% 125.2 7,014.1 −0.802
Kafr Qasim[cbs 12] 19th century   Center 23,241 18,400 +26.31% 8.7 2,391.5 −0.841
Karmiel[cbs 13] 1964   North 46,124 44,200 +4.35% 19.2 2,056.3 0.309
Kfar Saba[cbs 14] 1903   Center 100,763 82,800 +21.69% 14.2 6,831.0 1.191
Kfar Yona[cbs 15] 1932   Center 23,060 16,500 +39.76% 11.0 1,962.4 0.786
Kiryat Ata[cbs 16] 1925   Haifa 58,267 50,400 +15.61% 16.7 3,253.0 0.249
Kiryat Bialik[cbs 17] 1934   Haifa 39,927 37,200 +7.33% 8.2 4,650.1 0.567
Kiryat Gat[cbs 18] 1954   South 54,973 47,500 +15.73% 16.3 3,328.2 −0.378
Kiryat Malakhi[cbs 19] 1950   South 23,124 20,500 +12.80% 4.6 4,741.2 −0.594
Kiryat Motzkin[cbs 20] 1934   Haifa 42,014 38,100 +10.27% 3.8 10,612.0 0.590
Kiryat Ono[cbs 21] 1939   Tel Aviv 39,986 30,000 +33.29% 4.1 8,557.8 1.513
Kiryat Shmona[cbs 22] 1949   North 22,625 23,200 −2.48% 14.2 1,595.8 −0.014
Kiryat Yam[cbs 23] 1941   Haifa 39,909 37,700 +5.86% 4.3 8,568.6 0.018
Lod Neolithic   Center 75,726 69,400 +9.12% 12.2 6,078.3 −0.448
Ma'alot-Tarshiha 1963   North 21,422 20,600 +3.99% 6.8 2,303.0 0.024
Migdal HaEmek[cbs 24] 1953   North 25,636 23,900 +7.26% 7.6 2,876.6 −0.273
Modi'in-Maccabim-Re'ut
[cbs 25]
1985   Center 92,406 69,300 +33.34% 50.2 1,862.5 1.351
Nahariya[cbs 26] 1935   North 56,881 51,300 +10.88% 10.2 4,941.8 0.436
Nazareth Bronze Age   North 77,064 71,700 +7.48% 14.1 5,357.9 −0.558
Nesher 1923   Haifa 23,983 23,300 +2.93% 12.8 1,828.9 0.783
Ness Ziona[cbs 27] 1883   Center 50,214 36,100 +39.10% 15.6 3,071.5 1.265
Netanya 1929   Center 217,244 180,100 +20.62% 29.0 6,807.7 0.240
Netivot 1956   South 35,631 26,100 +36.52% 5.6 2,874.7 −0.760
Nof HaGalil 1957   North 41,169 41,400 −0.56% 32.5 1,224.4 0.055
Ofakim[cbs 28] 1955   South 29,021 24,000 +20.92% 10.3 2,565.0 −0.757
Or Akiva[cbs 29] 1951   Haifa 18,236 16,000 +13.98% 3.5 3,165.3 −0.097
Or Yehuda 1955   Tel Aviv 36,864 33,900 +8.74% 5.1 5,477.7 0.133
Petah Tikva[cbs 30] 1878   Center 244,275 200,300 +21.95% 35.9 6,626.5 0.655
Qalansawe Middle Ages   Center 22,788 18,200 +25.21% 8.4 2,603.2 −1.011
Ra'anana[cbs 31] 1922   Center 73,999 68,300 +8.34% 14.9 4,833.8 1.462
Rahat 1972   South 69,032 50,000 +38.06% 19.6 3,283.9 −1.848
Ramat Gan 1921   Tel Aviv 159,159 143,600 +10.83% 13.2 9,376.1 1.041
Ramat HaSharon 1923   Tel Aviv 46,720 39,000 +19.79% 16.8 2,708.3 1.796
Ramla 8th century   Center 75,538 65,700 +14.97% 11.9 6,252.2 −0.333
Rehovot 1890   Center 141,579 111,100 +27.43% 23.0 5,712.4 0.629
Rishon LeZion[cbs 32] 1882   Center 251,719 226,800 +10.99% 58.7 4,212.6 0.886
Rosh HaAyin 1949   Center 56,344 37,900 +48.66% 24.4 2,868.0 0.578
Safed[cbs 33] Bronze Age   North 35,715 29,600 +20.66% 29.2 1,123.5 −1.011
Sakhnin Bronze Age   North 31,057 25,100 +23.73% 9.8 3,062.2 −0.740
Sderot[cbs 34] 1951   South 26,455 20,700 +27.80% 4.5 3,788.0 −0.223
Shefa-'Amr[cbs 35] Bronze Age   North 41,558 35,700 +16.41% 19.8 2,065.0 −0.784
Tamra N/A   North 33,851 28,100 +20.47% 29.3 1,118.1 −0.983
Tayibe N/A   Center 43,127 35,700 +20.80% 18.7 2,198.7 −0.878
Tel Aviv-Yafo Bronze Age
(Jaffa)
  Tel Aviv 451,523 402,600 +12.15% 51.8 8,473.0 1.221
Tiberias 20   North 44,234 41,600 +6.33% 10.9 2,663.5 −0.379
Tira[cbs 36] N/A   Center 26,162 22,200 +17.85% 11.9 2,128.7 −0.469
Tirat Carmel[cbs 37] N/A   Haifa 22,210 18,600 +19.41% 5.6 3,425.4 −0.138
Umm al-Fahm N/A   Haifa 55,182 45,000 +22.63% 22.3 2,053.4 −1.294
Yavne Bronze Age   Center 46,705 32,800 +42.39% 10.7 2,690.9 0.455
Yehud-Monosson N/A   Center 29,930 26,200 +14.24% 5.0 5,862.3 1.034
Yokneam Illit[cbs 38] 1950   North 23,311 19,000 +22.69% 7.4 2,649.1 0.800

See also

Notes

General
  1. ^ Tel Be'er Sheva, remains of the ancient town, lies east of the modern city.
Official spellings
  1. ^ Akko
  2. ^ Arrabe
  3. ^ Ashqelon
  4. ^ Be'er Sheva
  5. ^ Bet She'an
  6. ^ Bet Shemesh
  7. ^ Bene Beraq
  8. ^ Elat
  9. ^ Giv'at Shemu'el
  10. ^ Giv'atayim
  11. ^ Herzliyya
  12. ^ Kafar Qasem
  13. ^ Karmi'el
  14. ^ Kefar Sava
  15. ^ Kefar Yona
  16. ^ Qiryat Atta
  17. ^ Qiryat Bialik
  18. ^ Qiryat Gat
  19. ^ Qiryat Mal'akhi
  20. ^ Qiryat Motzkin
  21. ^ Qiryat Ono
  22. ^ Qiryat Shemona
  23. ^ Qiryat Yam
  24. ^ Migdal HaEmeq
  25. ^ Modi'in-Makkabbim-Re'ut
  26. ^ Nahariyya
  27. ^ Nes Ziyyona
  28. ^ Ofaqim
  29. ^ Or Aqiva
  30. ^ Petah Tiqwa
  31. ^ Ra'annana
  32. ^ Rishon LeZiyyon
  33. ^ Zefat
  34. ^ Sederot
  35. ^ Shefar'am
  36. ^ Tire
  37. ^ Tirat Karmel
  38. ^ Yoqne'am Illit

References

  1. ^ "Israeli Democracy: How Does It Work?". Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Archived from the original on 22 June 2013. Retrieved 8 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Inventory of World Cities". Globalization and World Cities Study Group & Network. Archived from the original on 14 October 2013. Retrieved 11 April 2008.
  3. ^ 2.22 Localities and Population, by Municipal Status and District, 2018
  4. ^ Symon, Fiona (4 December 2001). "Jerusalem: Crucible of the conflict". BBC News Online. Retrieved 11 October 2012.
  5. ^ "Background on East Jerusalem". B'Tselem. 8 July 2012. Retrieved 11 October 2012.
  6. ^ "Population in the Localities 2018" (XLS). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. 25 August 2019. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  7. ^ "Profiles by Locality". Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. 2008. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 2 May 2015.
  8. ^ "2004 local government profile" (in Hebrew). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Archived from the original on 7 February 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2007.
  9. ^ Population and Density per Sq. Km. in Localities Numbering 5,000 Residents and More on 31.12.2016 (Report). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. 6 September 2017. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  10. ^ SOCIO-ECONOMIC INDEX 2013 OF LOCAL AUTHORITIES, IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER OF HEBREW NAMES (PDF) (Report). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 January 2018. Retrieved 12 January 2018.

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