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Hebrew transcription(s)
 • Hebrew באקה-ג'ת
 • Also spelled Baqa-Jat (official)
Arabic transcription(s)
 • Arabic باقة جتّ
A residential area in Baqa al-Gharbiyye
A residential area in Baqa al-Gharbiyye
Baqa-Jatt is located in Israel
Coordinates: 32°24′59.22″N 35°2′53.87″E / 32.4164500°N 35.0482972°E / 32.4164500; 35.0482972Coordinates: 32°24′59.22″N 35°2′53.87″E / 32.4164500°N 35.0482972°E / 32.4164500; 35.0482972
District Haifa
 • Type City
 • Total 16,392 dunams (16.392 km2 or 6.329 sq mi)
Population (2007)
 • Total 32,400

Baqa-Jatt is an Israeli-Arab city in the Haifa District of Israel established in 2003 through a merger of Baqa al-Gharbiyye and Jatt. According to the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), Baqa-Jatt had a population of 32,400 at the end of 2007.[1] Encompassing an area of 18,100 dunams (18.1 km²), Baqa-Jatt is part of the region known as the Triangle.


According to CBS, in 2005 the ethnic makeup of the city was entirely Arab, with no Jews. A total of 48.8% residents were 19 years of age or younger, 16.1% between 20 and 29, 19.3% between 30 and 44, 10.4% from 45 to 59, 2.1% from 60 to 64, and 3.3% 65 years of age or older. The population growth rate in 2005 was 2.36%.[2] The population in 2007 was 32,400—an increase of approximately 700 since the previous year. According to the CBS, the population is expected to rise to 32,700.[1]


According to CBS, there were 10 schools and 5,391 students in Baqa-Jatt in 2005: six elementary schools with an enrollment of 3,194 students, and four post-elementary schools (Baqa-Jatt does not divide between middle and secondary) with 2,197 students. 57.8% of 12th grade students were entitled to a matriculation certificate in 2005.[2]


According to CBS, as of 2004, there were 7,175 salaried workers and 1,216 self-employed in Baqa-Jatt. The mean monthly wage in 2004 for a salaried worker in the city was 4,340 NIS, a positive change of 14.7% compared to 2004. Salaried males had a mean monthly wage of NIS 4,874 (a change of 8.3%) versus NIS 3,154 for females (a change of 48%). The mean income for the self-employed was 4,516. There were 174 people who received unemployment benefits and 2,474 people who received an income guarantee.[2]


Since December 2005, an interfaith basketball program, PeacePlayers International, has been operating in Israel. Samer Jassar, 2.06 meters (6 feet 9 inches), a resident of Jatt, was spotted as an upcoming talent by an NBA general manager, and is now at one of the top basketball prep schools in the United States.[3]

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