Jerusalem Tourism Up, Population Down

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - A Central Bureau of Statistics' (CBC) report released Monday revealed that more Jerusalemites left the city than moved to the nation's capital in 2007.

Nearly 6,400 more people left than moved to Jerusalem, though the remaining population boasts a higher birthrate than other cities, due to its Orthodox Jewish and Muslim Arab populations, both of which tend to have large families.

According to the report, Israeli Arabs make up one-third of the city's population, while ultra-Orthodox Haredi Jews account for a quarter of Jerusalem's residents.

Even Jerusalem's higher unemployment rates -- 9.4 percent compared to an average of 7.3 percent in other cities -- does not affect 86 percent of its residents, who say they're happy with their lives. That's just a percentage point higher than Israelis in other parts of the country, who also say they're contented overall.

Meanwhile, the Jerusalem municipality reported that the number of tourists staying in Jerusalem is five times higher than it was five years ago, with hotels pretty much booked up through the summer months.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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