Jerusalem is moving in the right direction: Statistics and numbers


On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Israel’s capital city, Jerusalem shows exciting trends in education, hi-tech, housing and construction, tourism, culture, and the arts.


As Jerusalem’s Mayor, Nir Barkat, noted: “On the 50th anniversary of its reunification, Jerusalem is a flourishing, thriving city – in the fields of education, hi-tech and culture, in business and all areas of life. 

On this day, as we celebrate Jerusalem, let us all ‘exalt Jerusalem above our utmost joy,’ and build her for future generations. I wish all of us a successful year in Jerusalem.”


Jerusalem by the numbers:

Israel's start-up capital

  • In the last two years, there has been a 28% increase in hi-tech employees in Jerusalem.
  • Jerusalem will become the autonomous vehicle capital with the expansion of the Mobileye Company in the city.


  • In 2015, there were 2,568,300 overnight stays by foreign tourists and 905,800 overnight stays by Israelis.
  • 78% of the tourists who arrived in Israel in 2016 visited Jerusalem, and 51% of the tourists who arrived in Israel stayed there overnight.
  • 69% of the tourists visited the Western Wall, 64% - the Jewish Quarter, 55% - the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, 49% - Via Dolorosa, 49% - the Mount of Olives, 37% - the City of David, 28% - the Tower of David, 20% - Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, 19% - the Garden Tomb, 16% - the Israel Museum and 8% - Al Aqsa mosque.

Leading in culture

  • The Municipality of Jerusalem supports over 60 cultural institutions.
  • There are over 10 museums in Jerusalem, and it is the leading city in the number and diversity of its museums.
  • 2 of Israel’s main museums are housed in Jerusalem: The Israel Museum and Yad Vashem (The World Holocaust Remembrance Center), which by themselves attract close to two million visitors annually.
  • Jerusalem has 7 schools of the arts, and it has the highest concentration of art schools in the country.
  • The city has 10 theaters and various theater groups.
  • Jerusalem hosts a wealth of festivals. Some are long-standing, such as 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; and others are new and current, such as the International Jazz Festival, and the Piano Festival (which give a platform to Israeli musicians and performers who are well known worldwide, but often do not perform in Israel), the International Biennale of Jewish Art, and many more.
  • The Municipality recently conducted the ground-breaking for the Jerusalem Arts Campus in downtown Jerusalem. The site will be a campus for the performing arts, and will house 4 schools, which are currently renting across the city: The Sam Spiegel Film School, the School of Visual Theater, Nissan Nativ Acting Studio, and the Center for Middle Eastern Classical Music. The site is at an advanced stage of construction, and is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.  
  • Simultaneously, work is continuing on the Bezalel Campus in the center of the city (the Russian Compound). 

When these projects are completed, downtown Jerusalem is expected to be transformed into a center with a young, vibrant student atmosphere.


  • Jerusalem has become the leading city for hosting international sporting events, for example, the International Jerusalem Marathon, with the participation of about 30,000 runners from 64 countries around the world. Jerusalem is getting ready for hosting the 20th Maccabiah Games to be held in July 2017, and also the International Children's Games, which will be held for the first time in Israel in 2018.
  • The project to upgrade and renovate about 70 sports facilities, and to build 130 small, community sports facilities in the neighborhoods will continue this year.
  • The Municipality is building 3 swimming pools in the neighborhoods, and another 3 pools are in planning stages.
  • Along with many upgrades and new facilities the city is constructing for the Maccabiah, the Kraft Family Sports Campus will open. The campus will be used for soccer and football tournaments and include two soccer fields and a football field.

Green Jerusalem

  • In the last two years, 140 new playgrounds have been upgraded and another 50 playgrounds will be upgraded in 2017.
  • In the last year, shade structures were installed in 55 existing city playgrounds, and in the coming year, another 100 shade structures will be installed in city gardens.
  • The multi-year plan to replace all the city’s garbage containers with in-ground garbage containers is ongoing. In the last year, 300 containers were concealed through in-ground construction, and this year, up to 300 more in-ground garbage containers will be installed across the city.

Transport: Building the future

  • The development of the light rail is continuing and a second branch will connect additional neighborhoods. The line will serve about 250 thousand commuters every day. 

Immigrants choose Jerusalem

  • In 2016, 3118 new immigrants made aliyah to Jerusalem. Since 2011, 18,577 new immigrants have made aliyah to Jerusalem.

Breakthroughs in Jerusalem education

  • In the last 6 years, there has been a steady, ongoing increase in the number of new students.
  • Higher education: In 2015-16, 36,200 students studied in all higher education institutions in Jerusalem: 18,300 students studied in the Hebrew University, 11,600 students studied in seven academic colleges and 6,200 in 4 colleges. 
  • 74% of the students studying in the city are satisfied with living in Jerusalem.
  • 75% of the students studying in the city (3rd year) expect that they will continue living in Jerusalem for the next two years.
  • This year, the Municipality started construction of 1,000 new classrooms across Jerusalem, to provide a solution to the existing shortage in all city sectors.
  • More and more families are choosing to build their homes in Jerusalem: following a decade of decline, in the last 8 years, there has been a steady increase in national and national-religious education, along with continued growth in all sectors. 

Life Satisfaction in Jerusalem

  • ​92% of individuals aged 20 and up in Jerusalem are satisfied with their lives (93% of Jews, and 89% of Arabs), which is slightly higher than the rate in the general population (88%).
  • 60% of Jerusalem’s residents are satisfied with their economic status (68% of Jews, and 43% of Arabs) which is a similar rate to those satisfied with their economic status in the general population.
  • 57% of the city’s employed residents are satisfied with their income (similarly to the national rate – 59%), and 85% are satisfied with their jobs. Among salaried employees, 27% are members of a workers' organization. 
  • 72% of Jerusalem’s residents are satisfied with their area of residence (86% of Jews, compared to 44% of Arabs). In all of Israel, 83% are satisfied with their area of residence (86% of Jews, and 67% of Arabs).
  • 74% of young adults and young families living in the city would recommend to a close friend to live in Jerusalem.
  • 85% of young adults and young families estimate that they will continue living in Jerusalem for the next two years.


Data: The Strategic Planning Division – Jerusalem Municipality. Jerusalem Institute for Policy Research, Central Bureau of Statistics