Jerusalem Population 2021

944,188
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Jerusalem's 2021 population is now estimated at 944,188. In 1950, the population of Jerusalem was 120,895. Jerusalem has grown by 12,432 since 2015, which represents a 1.33% annual 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.

Jerusalem is one of the oldest and most well-known cities in the world, as well as being a significant city to many religions. Both Israel and Palestine claim the city as their capital, but neither claim is recognized while the area continues to experience upheaval. 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 community continues to grow substantially each year.

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 poll, there was an increase of 10.735% to the total population. If the numbers remain in line with last census data, the estimated population for 2018 will surpass 900,000.

City Size and Population Density

Jerusalem covers an area of approximately 126 square kilometers (49 square miles). In combination with the growing number of residents in the city and surrounding area, the population density currently reaches 7,200 residents per square kilometer (19.000 residents per square mile).

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, 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 2021

Year Population Growth Rate Growth
20351,143,6451.35%15,199
20341,128,4461.36%15,119
20331,113,3271.37%15,032
20321,098,2951.38%14,936
20311,083,3591.39%14,830
20301,068,5291.40%14,708
20291,053,8211.40%14,565
20281,039,2561.40%14,394
20271,024,8621.40%14,189
20261,010,6731.40%13,941
2025996,7321.39%13,635
2024983,0971.37%13,293
2023969,8041.35%12,955
2022956,8491.34%12,661
2021944,1881.33%12,432
2020931,7561.34%12,349
2019919,4071.36%12,345
2018907,0621.88%16,729
2017890,3331.88%16,420
2016873,9131.88%16,161
2015857,7521.88%15,840
2014841,9121.88%15,548
2013826,3641.88%15,240
2012811,1241.88%15,000
2011796,1241.88%14,703
2010781,4211.88%14,431
2009766,9901.74%13,145
2008753,8451.61%11,926
2007741,9191.61%11,722
2006730,1971.61%11,537
2005718,6601.60%11,339
2004707,3211.61%11,191
2003696,1301.61%10,998
2002685,1321.61%10,825
2001674,3071.60%10,640
2000663,6671.61%10,500
1999653,1671.61%10,319
1998642,8481.61%10,157
1997632,6911.60%9,983
1996622,7082.18%13,300
1995609,4082.96%17,495
1994591,9132.96%16,993
1993574,9202.95%16,482
1992558,4382.96%16,054
1991542,3842.96%15,570
1990526,8142.96%15,124
1989511,6902.95%14,670
1988497,0202.96%14,288
1987482,7322.96%13,858
1986468,8742.96%13,461
1985455,4132.95%13,056
1984442,3572.96%12,716
1983429,6412.87%11,994
1982417,6472.87%11,633
1981406,0142.86%11,293
1980394,7212.87%11,009
1979383,7122.87%10,688
1978373,0242.87%10,390
1977362,6342.86%10,087
1976352,5472.87%9,832
1975342,7152.87%9,546
1974333,1692.87%9,280
1973323,8892.86%9,009
1972314,8805.54%16,529
1971298,3515.88%16,576
1970281,7755.88%15,656
1969266,1195.87%14,765
1968251,3545.89%13,984
1967237,3705.88%13,188
1966224,1825.88%12,455
1965211,7275.87%11,748
1964199,9795.89%11,125
1963188,8545.88%10,493
1962178,3615.88%9,909
1961168,4522.91%4,769
1960163,6832.56%4,087
1959159,5962.56%3,980
1958155,6162.56%3,881
1957151,7352.55%3,778
1956147,9573.03%4,357
1955143,6003.50%4,859
1954138,7413.50%4,694
1953134,0473.50%4,529
1952129,5183.51%4,389
1951125,1293.50%4,234
1950120,8950.00%

Jerusalem Population Data (Urban Area)

Name 2021 Population 2021 Growth
Tel Aviv4,263,7451.97%
Haifa1,155,0060.66%
Jerusalem944,1881.33%
Be'er Sheva644,2781.06%

Other Cities in Israel

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

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