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Jerusalem fell from third to second place in the socio-economic ranking published by the Central Bureau of Statistics. In the survey, which is published every two years, the tenth level – the richest in the country, and the first – the poorest.
In the previous poll, Jerusalem moved up from rank two to rank three, hailed by Mayor Moshe Leon as “great news for the city”.
In the 2015 rankings Jerusalem moved from the third level to the second, as in the last poll. Then-mayor Nir Barkat welcomed the news because the lower ranking attracts “equalization grants” as well as other perks such as subsidies for preschoolers and free transportation for schoolchildren.
Ranks most of Israel's other major cities in today's report has not changed. Savyon, Kfar Shmaryahu and Lehavim are in the lead. Modi'in-Maccabim-Re'ut is in ninth place, but Ness Ziona has dropped from ninth to eight.
Tel Aviv, Ramat Gan and Herzliya remain in eighth place, followed by Haifa Rishon Lezion and Petah Tikva. Beersheba is ranked fifth, while Ashdod, Ramla and Dimona have moved up from fourth to fifth in the latest poll.
The Bedouin cities of Neve Midbar, Arara and Tel Sheva, as well as the ultra-Orthodox Jewish cities of Modi'in Illit and Beitar Illit. Bnei Brak, like Jerusalem, is in second place from the bottom.
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