Beersheba metropolitan area
|Other cities||Arad, Dimona, Netivot, Ofakim, Rahat,
|Population||Ranked 3rd in Israel|
|- Total||559,700 (2009 est.)|
The Metropolitan area of Beersheba (Hebrew: מטרופולין באר שבע), is a metropolitan area including areas from both the Beersheba and the Southern Districts of Israel. The area is closely linked to the city of Beer Sheva through social, economic, and cultural ties. The metropolitan area of Beersheba is located in the Negev desert. The Beersheba metropolitan area is the third largest metropolitan area in the country, with an estimated population of over 559,700.
Israel Central Bureau of Statistics divides the Beersheba metropolitan area into four:
|Metropolitan ring||Localities||Population (2009 census)||Population density
|Total||Jews and others1||Thereof: Jews||Arabs|
- 1 The population of "Jews and others" incl. Jews, non-Arab Christians and those not classified by religion.
- 2 Includes the city of Beersheba.
- 3 Includes the cities Rahat and Ofakim, the local councils Lehavim, Omer and Tel Sheva, as well as many smaller towns (local councils).
- 4 Includes the cities Dimona, Arad, Netivot and Sderot, the local councils Ar'arat an-Naqab and Yeruham, as well as many smaller towns (local councils).
- 5 Includes the local council of Mitzpe Ramon, as well as many smaller towns (local councils).
|This section requires expansion. (January 2010)|
The major highways in the Beersheba metropolitan area include Area are: