Greater Jerusalem

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In Israel, the Jerusalem metropolitan area is the area encompassing the approximately one hundred square miles surrounding the Old City of Jerusalem with a population of 1,253,900.[1][2][3] The expansion of Jerusalem under Israeli law followed its official annexation of the city in the aftermath of the 1967 Six-Day War. Greater Jerusalem is divided into three areas: the outer ring, the New City/Center, and The Historical Center/Inner Ring. The rings are mainly used as an administrative tool to incorporate, public transit, housing, and utility services under a common structure. Greater Jerusalem can be said to encompass the entire City of Jerusalem (both its Western and Eastern parts) and its suburbs. It is the second largest metropolitan area in Israel, behind Gush Dan.

Metropolitan Rings[edit]

Metropolitan rings in the Jerusalem metropolitan area[4]
Metropolitan ring Localities Population (2016 census) Population density
(per km2)
'Annual Population
growth rate
Total Jews and others[2] Thereof: Jews Arabs
Core[3] 1 882,700 550,100 536,600 332,600 7,051.4 2%
Outer Ring[4] 85 371,200 359,000 353,200 12,200 559.7 3.7%
Western Section 56 193,200 181,200 177,300 12,000 559.7 4.4%
Judea and Samaria Section 8 178,100 177,800 175,900 300 - 2.9%
Total 86 1,253,900 909,100 889,800 344,800 2287.4 2.5%


1.^ The population of "Jews and others" incl. Jews, non-Arab Christians and those not classified by religion.
2.^ Includes the city of Jerusalem.
3.^ Includes the cities Bet Shemesh, Maale Adumim, Mevasseret Zion, as well as many smaller towns (local councils). It does not include nearby Arab communities in Judea and Samaria/the West Bank, such as Ramallah, El Bireh, Bethlehem, Abu Dis, or Al-Eizariya.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Localities, Population and Density per Sq. Km., by Metropolitan Area and Selected Localities". Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. 6 September 2017. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  2. ^ ""Greater" Jerusalem". Jewish Virtual Library. 2006-07-12. Retrieved 2014-01-05.
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "Localities, Population and Density per sq. km. by Metropolitan Area, Rings and Sections, 2016" (PDF). CBS. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2018-01-27. Retrieved 2018-01-09.