List of cities in Israel

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 Photo District First
settlement
Population
estimate,
2019[6]
Population
census,
2008[7]
Change,
2008–
2019
Area,
km2
[8]
Density,
per km2
[9]
Socio-
economic
index[10]
Acre[cbs 1] North Bronze Age 49,380 46,100 +7.11% 13.5 3,362.0 −0.395
Afula North Bronze Age 54,250 40,200 +34.95% 26.9 1,611.7 −0.028
Arad South 1962 26,756 23,400 +14.34% 93.1 195.9 0.287
Arraba[cbs 2] North N/A 25,833 20,600 +25.40% 8.25 3,097.1 −0.945
Ashdod South Bronze Age 225,939 204,300 +10.59% 47.2 4,783.9 −0.109
Ashkelon[cbs 3] South Neolithic 144,073 110,600 +30.26% 47.8 2,964.8 -0.032
Baqa al-Gharbiyye Haifa Middle Ages 29,950 N/A N/A 16.4 3,152.1 −0.736
Bat Yam Tel Aviv 1926 129,013 130,300 −0.99% 8.2 15,758.4 −0.025
Beersheba[cbs 4] South 1900[note 1] 209,687 193,400 +8.42% 117.5 1,751.7 0.035
Beit She'an[cbs 5] North Neolithic 18,464 16,900 +9.25% 7.3 2,379.9 −0.277
Beit Shemesh[cbs 6] Jerusalem 1950 124,957 72,700 +71.88% 34.3 2,866.6 −1.149
Bnei Brak[cbs 7] Tel Aviv 1924 204,639 151,800 +34.81% 7.1 25,709.4 −1.304
Dimona South 1955 34,500 32,400 +6.48% 29.9 193.7 −0.235
Eilat[cbs 8] South Neolithic 52,299 47,300 +10.57% 84.8 509.6 0.247
El'ad Center 1998 48,763 33,900 +43.84% 2.8 13,138.6 −1.493
Giv'at Shmuel[cbs 9] Center 1944 26,578 21,000 +26.56% 2.6 9,978.1 1.124
Givatayim[cbs 10] Tel Aviv 1922 60,644 52,100 +16.40% 3.3 18,058.2 1.417
Hadera Haifa 1891 97,335 79,400 +22.59% 49.4 1,809.2 0.255
Haifa Haifa Antiquity 285,316 264,300 +7.95% 63.7 4,331.4 0.652
Herzliya[cbs 11] Tel Aviv 1924 97,470 86,300 +12.94% 21.6 4,291.0 1.373
Hod HaSharon Center 1924 63,175 46,300 +36.45% 21.6 3,058.9 1.485
Holon Tel Aviv 1935 196,282 176,300 +11.33% 18.9 10,017.7 0.509
Jerusalem Jerusalem Neolithic 936,425 759,700 +23.26% 125.2 7,014.1 −0.802
Kafr Qasim[cbs 12] Center 19th century 23,823 18,400 +29.47% 8.7 2,391.5 −0.841
Karmiel[cbs 13] North 1964 46,252 44,200 +4.64% 19.2 2,056.3 0.309
Kfar Saba[cbs 14] Center 1903 101,432 82,800 +22.50% 14.2 6,831.0 1.191
Kfar Yona[cbs 15] Center 1932 24,778 16,500 +50.17% 11.0 1,962.4 0.786
Kiryat Ata[cbs 16] Haifa 1925 59,030 50,400 +17.12% 16.7 3,253.0 0.249
Kiryat Bialik[cbs 17] Haifa 1934 40,231 37,200 +8.15% 8.2 4,650.1 0.567
Kiryat Gat[cbs 18] South 1954 57,105 47,500 +20.22% 16.3 3,328.2 −0.378
Kiryat Malakhi[cbs 19] South 1950 23,819 20,500 +16.19% 4.6 4,741.2 −0.594
Kiryat Motzkin[cbs 20] Haifa 1934 43,303 38,100 +13.66% 3.8 10,612.0 0.590
Kiryat Ono[cbs 21] Tel Aviv 1939 40,409 30,000 +34.70% 4.1 8,557.8 1.513
Kiryat Shmona[cbs 22] North 1949 22,512 23,200 −2.97% 14.2 1,595.8 −0.014
Kiryat Yam[cbs 23] Haifa 1941 39,897 37,700 +5.83% 4.3 8,568.6 0.018
Lod Center Neolithic 77,223 69,400 +11.27% 12.2 6,078.3 −0.448
Ma'alot-Tarshiha North 1963 21,836 20,600 +6.00% 6.8 2,303.0 0.024
Migdal HaEmek[cbs 24] North 1953 25,675 23,900 +7.43% 7.6 2,876.6 −0.273
Modi'in-Maccabim-Re'ut
[cbs 25]
Center 1985 93,277 69,300 +34.60% 50.2 1,862.5 1.351
Nahariya[cbs 26] North 1935 58,096 51,300 +13.25% 10.2 4,941.8 0.436
Nazareth North Bronze Age 77,445 71,700 +8.01% 14.1 5,357.9 −0.558
Nesher Haifa 1923 24,148 23,300 +3.64% 12.8 1,828.9 0.783
Ness Ziona[cbs 27] Center 1883 50,351 36,100 +39.48% 15.6 3,071.5 1.265
Netanya Center 1929 221,353 180,100 +22.91% 29.0 6,807.7 0.240
Netivot South 1956 37,542 26,100 +43.84% 5.6 2,874.7 −0.760
Nof HaGalil North 1957 41,734 41,400 +0.81% 32.5 1,224.4 0.055
Ofakim[cbs 28] South 1955 30,662 24,000 +27.76% 10.3 2,565.0 −0.757
Or Akiva[cbs 29] Haifa 1951 18,972 16,000 +18.58% 3.5 3,165.3 −0.097
Or Yehuda Tel Aviv 1955 36,813 33,900 +8.59% 5.1 5,477.7 0.133
Petah Tikva[cbs 30] Center 1878 247,956 200,300 +23.79% 35.9 6,626.5 0.655
Qalansawe Center Middle Ages 23,143 18,200 +27.16% 8.4 2,603.2 −1.011
Ra'anana[cbs 31] Center 1922 75,421 68,300 +10.43% 14.9 4,833.8 1.462
Rahat South 1972 71,437 50,000 +42.87% 19.6 3,283.9 −1.848
Ramat Gan Tel Aviv 1921 163,480 143,600 +13.84% 13.2 9,376.1 1.041
Ramat HaSharon Tel Aviv 1923 47,245 39,000 +21.14% 16.8 2,708.3 1.796
Ramla Center 8th century 76,246 65,700 +16.05% 11.9 6,252.2 −0.333
Rehovot Center 1890 143,904 111,100 +29.53% 23.0 5,712.4 0.629
Rishon LeZion[cbs 32] Center 1882 254,384 226,800 +12.16% 58.7 4,212.6 0.886
Rosh HaAyin Center 1949 61,801 37,900 +63.06% 24.4 2,868.0 0.578
Safed[cbs 33] North Bronze Age 36,094 29,600 +21.94% 29.2 1,123.5 −1.011
Sakhnin North Bronze Age 31,702 25,100 +26.30% 9.8 3,062.2 −0.740
Sderot[cbs 34] South 1951 27,635 20,700 +33.50% 4.5 3,788.0 −0.223
Shefa-'Amr[cbs 35] North Bronze Age 42,137 35,700 +18.03% 19.8 2,065.0 −0.784
Tamra North N/A 34,392 28,100 +22.39% 29.3 1,118.1 −0.983
Tayibe Center N/A 43,957 35,700 +23.13% 18.7 2,198.7 −0.878
Tel Aviv-Yafo Tel Aviv Bronze Age
(Jaffa)

1887
(Neve Tzedek)

460,613 402,600 +14.41% 51.8 8,473.0 1.221
Tiberias North 20 44,779 41,600 +7.64% 10.9 2,663.5 −0.379
Tira[cbs 36] Center N/A 26,552 22,200 +19.60% 11.9 2,128.7 −0.469
Tirat Carmel[cbs 37] Haifa N/A 23,112 18,600 +24.26% 5.6 3,425.4 −0.138
Umm al-Fahm Haifa N/A 56,109 45,000 +24.69% 22.3 2,053.4 −1.294
Yavne Center Bronze Age 47,585 32,800 +45.08% 10.7 2,690.9 0.455
Yehud-Monosson Center N/A 29,928 26,200 +14.23% 5.0 5,862.3 1.034
Yokneam Illit[cbs 38] North 1950 23,796 19,000 +25.24% 7.4 2,649.1 0.800

See also

  • Arab localities in Israel
  • Chronology of Aliyah in modern times
  • City council (Israel)
  • Demographics of Israel
  • Districts of Israel
  • Four Holy Cities
  • Largest metropolitan areas of the Middle East
  • List of cities administered by the Palestinian Authority
  • List of cities of the ancient Near East
  • List of Israeli twin towns and sister cities
  • List of kibbutzim
  • List of modern names for biblical place names
  • List of moshavim shitufiim
  • List of urban areas by Jewish population
  • List of villages depopulated during the Arab–Israeli conflict
  • Lists of cities by country
  • Population displacements in Israel after 1948
  • Population statistics for Israeli Gaza Strip settlements
  • Population statistics for Israeli settlements in the West Bank

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

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  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.
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  8. "2004 local government profile" (in Hebrew). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Archived from the original on 7 February 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2007.
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