Beersheba metropolitan area

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Beersheba Metropolitan Area
Largest city Beersheba
Other cities Rahat
Population  Ranked 4th in Israel
 - Total 377,100 (2016 est.)
 - Density 556.8/km2
Beersheba is the eighth largest city in Israel and the centre of the fourth largest metropolitan area in Israel.

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 Beersheba through social, economic, and cultural ties. The metropolitan area of Beersheba is located in the Negev desert. The Beersheba metropolitan area is the fourth largest metropolitan area in the country, with an estimated population of over 377,100.

Metropolitan rings[edit]

Israel Central Bureau of Statistics divides the Beersheba metropolitan area into two areas:

Metropolitan rings in the Beersheba metropolitan area[1]
Metropolitan ring Localities Population (2016 estimate) Population density
(per km²)
Annual Population
growth rate
Total Jews and others1 Thereof: Jews Arabs
Core2 1 205,800 200,800 180,300 5,000 1,752 1.1%
Outer Ring3 32 171,300 38,300 37,700 133,000 306 3.4%
Northern Section 12 90,000 12,700 12,400 77,300 292 3.4%
Eastern Section 8 71,500 15,800 15,500 55,800 562.3 3.5%
Western Section 12 9,800 9,800 9,700 0 78.6 3.6%
Total 33 377,100 239,000 217,900 138,100 556.8 2.1%


  • 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, the local councils Lehavim, Omer and Tel Sheva, as well as many smaller towns (local councils).



Rail service connects the Beersheba metropolitan area with Ashkelon, Tel Aviv and Haifa. Bus service connects to Eilat, Ashkelon, Tel Aviv, Haifa, and Jerusalem.

Major highways[edit]

The major highways in the Beersheba metropolitan area include Area are:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Localities, Population and Density per sq. km. by Metropolitan Area, Rings and Sections, 2016" (PDF). CBS. Retrieved 2018-01-09.

Coordinates: 31°14′59.15″N 34°47′59.07″E / 31.2497639°N 34.7997417°E / 31.2497639; 34.7997417