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Israelis wearing face masks for fear of coronavirus do their shopping in Jerusalem City center after the government eased some lockdown measures that it had imposed in order to stop the spread of the coronavirus, on May 06, 2020. 

Israel’s capital, Jerusalem, is also the nation’s most populous city, with 924,800 residents, according to data released by the Central Bureau of Statistics ahead of Jerusalem Day 2020.

One out of every 10 Israelis lives in Jerusalem, and 560,000 of the city’s residents are Arabs, according to the report. Still, the city has suffered from negative population growth for years, and thus far 2020 has seen 8,400 residents move away.

Jerusalem’s birth rate is higher than the national average, with the average number of children in Jerusalem families standing at 3.9, compared to 3.09 elsewhere in Israel. The average Jerusalem household has 3.84 members, compared to the national average of 3.24. Jewish women in Jerusalem give birth to more children than Arab women in the city — 4.41 children on average compared to 3.14.

The capital’s housing stock is limited, and home prices there are among the highest in the country. In 2019, the city saw only 2,452 housing starts, a drop of 16.6% compared to the previous year. The average cost of a three-bedroom apartment in the city is NIS 2.15 million ($612,000), compared to the average of NIS 1.83 million ($521,000) elsewhere.

Only 50% of adults in Jerusalem are employed, a much lower number than the national average of 63%. However, Jerusalem boasts one of the highest percentages of residents who work locally rather than commuting: 88.7%.

A total of 79,950 students are enrolled in Jerusalem elementary schools, 53,000 of whom are in haredi frameworks, with another 14,200 in religious Zionist schools and only 12,700 in secular public schools.

The population of Jerusalem is young, with a third (33.5%) of residents aged 0-14. In Haifa and Tel Aviv, the percentage of city residents age 14 and under stands at 19.9% and 18.5%, respectively.

It also turns out that Jerusalemites love to shop online. Ahead of Jerusalem Day, eBay has released data on the shopping habits of Israelis, and Jerusalem is second only to Tel Aviv in the number of eBay purchases. Haifa residents came in third.

Since Jerusalem Day 2019, residents of the capital have bought over 950,000 items on the popular e-commerce site. The most popular eBay items for Jerusalemites are earbuds/headphones, watches, clothing, CDs and computer games.

Jerusalemites also use the platform to sell, and in the past year have sold over three million items, including 178,000 kippahs, 65% of which were purchased from the United States.

This past year, Jerusalem residents have also sold over 47,000 items featuring the Star of David. A total of 2,200 Star of David pendants were sold, mainly to customers in the United States, Britain and Israel. Over two-thirds (68%) of the Israeli flags sold were purchased by Israelis living in the United States.

This article first appeared in Israel Hayom.

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