Friday, August 31, 2018

Leaving and Coming Home

Yair Assaf-Shapira

According to the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), in 2016 (the most recent year for which there is detailed data), the population of Jerusalem grew by two percent, the same percentage by which the entire population of Israel increased during the same year.
The change in the scope of the population in the city is mainly the result of natural increase (the difference between the number of live births and the number of deaths in a given year), immigrants, and movement between settlements. Other factors include the reunification of families, emigration, and returning residents.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Maintaining a positive migration balance

The migration balance – the number of people moving into a city minus the number of people moving out of that same city – is considered an important indicator of a city’s attractiveness. This index is calculated and published every year on Jerusalem Day and usually receives great attention in the media, despite the fact that the migration balance in Jerusalem has not changed dramatically over the last 20 years, and is usually between -5,000 and -7,000. This balance is the difference between some 10,000 residents who move to the city every year minus the 15,000 to 17,000 residents who leave the city every year.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Within your Walls

Tehila Bigman

Lack of accessibility, unbearable noise pollution, and community life and an ideology that make it all worthwhile – these sum up the character of the Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem's Old City.

The physical conditions in the Jewish Quarter, such as the alleyways, the paving stones, and the numerous stairs, the acute lack of parking spots (while those that do exist are far from the homes), and above all the non-stop noise – whether from festivals or groups of local or foreign tourists – might dissuade some of us. But if you ask the people who live there, they will tell you that it's all worthwhile.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Municipal Election - the Interactive Version

In 2013, only 39.1% of Jerusalem residents voted in the municipal elections. The low voter turnout was mainly due to the low participation, only 1.6%, of Arab East Jerusalem residents. 55.3% of Jerusalem’s non-Arab residents participated in the election.

Neighborhoods with the highest voting rate were Ramat-Shlomo (82.2%), Ramot-Alon North (72.5%) and Giv'at-Shaul (71.4%). The lowest voting rates in non-Arab neighborhoods were in the City Center (35.2%), Musrara (37.2%) and Ge'ula & Mea She'arim (38.2%).

Want to know the number and percentage of votes that each party received in previous elections and by neighborhood? Want to do your own research and analysis?

Friday, August 3, 2018

Can the High-Tech Sector in Jerusalem be an Economic Growth Engine for the City?

Yamit Naftali

Recent years have seen growth in the Jerusalem high-tech industry, including in the bio-tech sector in the city. Between 2013 and 2017 the number of companies increased by 52%, and according to the IVC, the Israeli High-Tech and Venture Capital Database, today there are about 500 high-tech companies in Jerusalem, of which 29% are bio-tech companies, and the number of employees is approximately 15,000.