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Demographics of Israel:
Population of Jerusalem

(1844 - Present)


Demographics: Table of Contents | Population of Israel | Israelis, by Origin


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Approximately 18,000 people per year since the mid 1990's have moved out of Jerusalem, due to a shortage of homes and apartments. According to Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics, only 2,000 new housing units were built between 2005 and 2015, and the annual demand for new housing units varies from 4,000 to 4,500. When a survey was conducted during mid-2015 of people who had moved out of Jerusalem, 47% cited the lack of housing as their primary reason for relocation and 30% cited it as their secondary reason.

Year
Jews
Arabs/Muslims
Christians/Other
Total
1844
7,120
5,000
3,390
15,510
1876
12,000
7,560
5,470
25,030
1896
28,112
8,560
8,748
45,420
1922
33,971
13,411
4,699
52,081
1931
51,222
19,894
19,335
90,451
1948
100,000
40,000
25,000
165,000
1967
195,700
54,963
12,646
263,309
1987
340,000
121,000
14,000
475,000
1990
378,200
131,800
14,400
524,400
2000
530,400
204,100
14,700
758,300
2008
610,400
277,200
16,500
904,100
2011
648,900
302,600
16,400
967,900
2012
660,200
310,700
16,500
987,400

Sources: Shragai, Nadav. “Why are Jerusalem's residents leaving?” Israel Hayom (August 28, 2015)
John Oesterreicher and Anne Sinai, eds., Jerusalem, (NY: John Day, 1974), p. 1;
Israel Central Bureau of Statistics;
Jerusalem Foundation;
Municipality of Jerusalem. The figures for 2000 include 9,000 with no religion classified.

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