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According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, Rishon LeZion has the best quality of life of any major city in Israel, followed by Rehovot, Ramat Gan, Kfar Saba, Petah Tikva, Netanya and Ashkelon. Tel Aviv-Yafo was in the middle of the ranking, followed by Haifa and Beit Shemesh, and Bnei Brak, Beer Sheva, Ashdod, Holon, Jerusalem and Bat Yam were at the bottom of the list.
Kfar Saba has the highest life expectancy and Tel Aviv has the highest employment rate. Rishon Lezion and Petah Tikva have the lowest percentage of residents who feel lonely and isolated.
These last data can be found in the report of the Central Bureau of Statistics “Indicators of the quality of life in the largest cities for 2021”. According to the definition of the Central Bureau of Statistics, the purpose of the assessment of 51 different indicators is to “represent a multidimensional measurement of well-being and quality of life, taking into account all economic, social and environmental factors.
According to the survey, 93.3% of Rishon residents expressed satisfaction with their home compared to the national average of 86.8% and 92.5% expressed satisfaction with their neighborhood compared to the national average of 84%. About 72.4% of Rishon residents have a college degree compared to the national average of 50.8%. The average life expectancy in Rishon Lezion at 84.2 years is one of the highest in the country.
In terms of life expectancy, Kfar Saba ranked first with an average life expectancy of 85.1 years, while Bat Yam had the lowest life expectancy at 81.1 years. Bat Yam ranked last in overall quality of life among 16 largest cities in Israel.
Tel Aviv has the highest employment rate — 70.7% of people over 15, followed by Ramat Gan — 68% and Rishon Lezion — 67.1%. The lowest employment rate was 45.7% in Jerusalem, slightly higher than in Bnei Brak (47.4%) and Beit Shemesh (52.4%).
Tel Aviv also topped the rankings in terms of gross income per family, which averaged NIS 22,806 per month. In Jerusalem, the average monthly gross household income was NIS 14,232, while in Bat Yam it was NIS 9,596.
< br /> Compared to last year, Jerusalem overtook Bat Yam, leaving it in last place, Beer Sheva and Holon dropped to the very bottom of the rankings, and Tel Aviv-Jaffa dropped from the leaders to the middle segment. At the same time, Ashkelon rose to the middle level.
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