Greater Jerusalem

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Jerusalem metropolitan area is the area encompassing the approximately one hundred square miles surrounding the Old City of Jerusalem with 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.

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 others1 Thereof: Jews Arabs
Core2 1 882,700 550,100 536,600 332,600 7,051.4 2%
Outer Ring3 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).

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. Retrieved 2018-01-09.