Jerusalem Population 2017

Jerusalem is one of the oldest and most well-known cities in the world, as well as being a very important city to many religions. The population of Jerusalem has had its ups and downs. The lack of available housing for residents keeps thousands from living in the city, but the population continues to grow substantially each year.

Demographics

The current population for Jerusalem is estimated to be around 856,700 people. This is according to the most recent census performed in 2011. According to the numbers from the previous census, there was an increase of 10.735% to the total population. If the numbers remain in line with previous census data, the estimated population for 2017 will be 898,617.

Unemployment

The current unemployment rate stands at 5.9%, and statistics show that the unemployment rate in Jerusalem is reducing. The participation rate for men and women combined is 63.4%. Men and women have become more equal with regard to workforce participation in Jerusalem, with 52.6% of women and 60.6% of men taking part in the workforce. However, studies show that men still make more annually than women. Men make 65% more per year than women even in the highest areas of employment.

Religion

Given its history, Jerusalem is unsurprisingly a very religious city. Out of the population of 856,700 people, only 9,000 claimed to have no religious affiliation. At 64%, the majority of the population is Jewish, although there are of course different levels of adherence to the Jewish faith. The Muslim faith is the second most practiced religion in Jerusalem, representing 34% of the population. 2% of the population identifies as Christian.

Tourists

With Jerusalem being important to so many different religions, it is not surprising that it is the number one tourist city within Israel. This is not just because of the size of the city, but what it represents to people. Sacred sites are found throughout Jerusalem and approximately 3.5 million tourists grace its grounds each year. The city is also home to a very famous university. Tourists and students from over 65 different countries come to study at Hebrew University, and the university even taught Albert Einstein, just to name one famous intellectual from the school.

Architecture

One of the most unique things about Jerusalem is its architecture. The String Bridge is quite a remarkable sight and many marvel at the design. This is another aspect of the city that calls back to Jerusalem's biblical history. It is said to have been designed to depict the strings of King David's harp. The sweeping design of the bridge is beautiful but also functional, as the String Bridge accommodates foot traffic, bicycles, and the railway system within the city. People not only come for the bridge, but for the other 2,000 archeological sites throughout the city.

Jerusalem Population in 2018Source: By AVRAHAM GRAICER (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Jerusalem Population Data (Urban Area)

Year Population Growth Rate (%) Growth
20301,033,0007.05%68,000
2025965,0007.22%65,000
2020900,0004.41%38,000
2017862,0002.74%23,000
2015839,0007.84%61,000
2010778,0008.21%59,000
2005719,0008.28%55,000
2000664,0009.03%55,000
1995609,00015.56%82,000
1990527,00015.82%72,000
1985455,00015.19%60,000
1980395,00015.16%52,000
1975343,00021.63%61,000
1970282,00033.02%70,000
1965212,00029.27%48,000
1960164,00013.89%20,000
1955144,00019.01%23,000
1950121,0000.00%0
Jerusalem Population Growth

Jerusalem's 2017 population is now estimated at 862,000. In 1950, the population of Jerusalem was 121,000. Jerusalem has grown by 23,000 in the last year, which represents a 2.74% change. These population estimates and projections come from the latest revision of the UN World Urbanization Prospects. These estimates represent the Urban agglomeration of Jerusalem, which typically includes Jerusalem's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

Data Sources
  1. World Urbanization Prospects - United Nations population estimates and projections of major Urban Agglomerations