Kiryat Motzkin

Coordinates: 32°50′N 35°05′E / 32.833°N 35.083°E / 32.833; 35.083
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Kiryat Motzkin
קִרְיַת מוֹצְקִין
Hebrew transcription(s)
 • ISO 259Qiryat Móçqin (Motzkin)
 • Also spelledKiryat Motzkin (unofficial)
Kiryat Motzkin Municipality building
Kiryat Motzkin Municipality building
Official logo of Kiryat Motzkin
Kiryat Motzkin is located in Haifa region of Israel
Kiryat Motzkin
Kiryat Motzkin
Kiryat Motzkin is located in Israel
Kiryat Motzkin
Kiryat Motzkin
Coordinates: 32°50′N 35°05′E / 32.833°N 35.083°E / 32.833; 35.083
Country Israel
District Haifa
 • MayorHaim Zuri
 • Total3,778 dunams (3.778 km2 or 1.459 sq mi)
 • Total46,565
 • Density12,000/km2 (32,000/sq mi)

Kiryat Motzkin (Hebrew: קִרְיַת מוֹצְקִין) is a city in the Haifa District of Israel, 8 kilometres (5 miles) north of the city of Haifa. In 2021 it had a population of 46,565.[1] The city is named after Leo Motzkin (1867-1933), one of the organizers of the First Zionist Congress in 1897. The mayor of the city is Haim Zuri.


Immigrant camp between Kiryat Motzkin & Kiryat Haim 1946
Mozart Junction in Kiryat Motzkin
Pianist Square in Kiryat Motzkin

Kiryat Motzkin was founded in 1934, and by 1935 the first school was opened.[2] In 1939, the town had a population of about 2,000 and 345 buildings.[3] Kiryat Motzkin railway station was constructed by British Mandatory Palestine in 1937.

In the Second World War, Kiryat Motzkin suffered from German\Italian air bombarding.[4] It received local council status in 1940.

During the 1947–48 Civil War in Mandatory Palestine, an important battle took place near Kiryat Motzkin when the Haganah destroyed an Arab arms convoy and killed the commander of Arab forces in the process. This contributed to the Jewish victory in the Battle of Haifa.


According to CBS, in 2006 the ethnic makeup of the city was all Jewish and other non-Arabs. There were 18,800 males and 20,900 females, with 25.5% of the population 19 years of age or younger, 15.2% between 20 and 29, 19.0% between 30 and 44, 20.1% from 45 to 59, 4.5% from 60 to 64, and 15.9% 65 years of age or older. The population growth rate in 2006 was -0.1% and it grew to 39,590 in 2014.[5] The city is ranked medium-high on the socio-economic scale (7 out of 10)[6]


In 2005, there were 17,887 salaried workers and 978 self-employed. The mean monthly wage for a salaried worker was NIS 6,581, a real change of 0.6% over the course of 2004. Salaried males had a mean monthly wage of NIS 8,773 (a real change of 3.0%) compared to NIS 4,634 for females (a real change of -2.2%). The mean income for self-employed was 6,327. 437 people received unemployment benefits, and 2,157 received an income supplement.


There are 12 schools and 6,071 students in Kiryat Motzkin, with 6 elementary schools (2,724 students) and 6 high schools (3,347 students). 58.4% of 12th-grade students were eligible for a matriculation certificate in 2006.


Kiryat Motzkin is served by Kiryat Motzkin Railway Station,[7] which is on the main Coastal railway line to Nahariya, with southerly trains to Beersheba and Modi'in. The Krayot Central Bus Station is located on the northern edge of the municipality and serves as a terminus for the Metronit bus rapid transit system and local bus routes.

Twin towns – sister cities[edit]

Kiryat Motzkin is twinned with:[8]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Regional Statistics". Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 22 February 2023.
  2. ^ הינכם מוזמנים להיכנס בשערי אתר האינטרנט של מוזיאון בית גרושקביץ - לתולדות קריית מוצקין Kiryat Motzkin Municipality
  3. ^ "⁨המשקיף⁩ | עמוד 3 | 30 מאי 1939 | אוסף העיתונות | הספרייה הלאומית".
  4. ^ Kiryat Motzkin city.
  5. ^ "r_irya1" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-06-10. Retrieved 2009-07-08.
  6. ^[bare URL PDF]
  7. ^ "Israel Railways - Kiryat Motzkin". Israel Railways. Israel Railways. Retrieved 2016-01-09.
  8. ^ "Kiryat Motzkin city". (in Hebrew). Kiryat Motzkin. Retrieved 2020-02-24.

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