Kiryat Ono

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Kiryat Ono
  • קִרְיַת אוֹנוֹ
  • كريات أونو
Hebrew transcription(s)
 • ISO 259 Qiryat ʔono
 • Also spelled Qiryat Ono (official)
Official logo of Kiryat Ono
Kiryat Ono is located in Israel
Kiryat Ono
Kiryat Ono
Coordinates: 32°03′49″N 34°51′19″E / 32.06361°N 34.85528°E / 32.06361; 34.85528Coordinates: 32°03′49″N 34°51′19″E / 32.06361°N 34.85528°E / 32.06361; 34.85528
District Tel Aviv
Founded 1939
 • Type City (from 1992)
 • Mayor Israel Gal
 • Total 4,112 dunams (4.112 km2 or 1.588 sq mi)
Population (2009)[1]
 • Total 31,000
Name meaning Named for biblical town of Ono (Kirya means city area)

Kiryat Ono (Hebrew: קִרְיַת אוֹנוֹ, Arabic: كريات أونو‎‎) is a city in the Tel Aviv District of Israel. It is located 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) east of Tel Aviv. The modern Kiryat Ono is not to be confused with the biblical Ono. The bibilical town of Ono (1 Chronicles 8:12; Nehemiah 6:2) has been identified by most scholars with the Arab village, Kafr 'Ana, whereon is now built Or Yehuda.[2] At the end of 2013, it had a population of 35,500.[1]


Kiryat Ono skyline

A settlement named Kfar Ono was established in 1939. In the 1950s, a ma'abara (transit camp for new immigrants) was established nearby. In 1954, the settlement merged with other communities to form Kiryat Ono. It achieved city status in 1992.[3] It began to grow during the British era, probably due to its proximity to the military compound now known as Tel Hashomer British Base. A lone tree stands on a hill overlooking the base; this tree has been adopted as the city's spiritual and cultural icon. The lands surrounding the tree were owned as agricultural land and maintained by Aryeh Konikov. When the lone tree was planted, it seemed unique in its location, and Mr. Konikov nourished it and maintained the land surrounding it for many years.


Levi Eshkol Street
Location of Kiryat Ono in the Tel Aviv District

According to CBS, in 2001 the ethnic makeup of the city was all Jewish and other non-Arabs, without significant Arab population. Kiryat Ono has grown significantly in recent years. According to CBS, in 2001 there were 11,200 males and 12,000 females. The population of the city was spread out with 28.1% 19 years of age or younger, 15.5% between 20 and 29, 19.0% between 30 and 44, 18.9% from 45 to 59, 4.5% from 60 to 64, and 13.9% 65 years of age or older. The population growth rate in 2001 was 0.8%.


According to CBS, as of 2000, in the city there were 9,560 salaried workers and 928 are self-employed. The mean monthly wage in 2000 for a salaried worker in the city is ILS 7,648, a real change of 10.4% over the course of 2000. Salaried males have a mean monthly wage of ILS 9,706 (a real change of 9.1%) versus ILS 5,760 for females (a real change of 12.6%). The mean income for the self-employed is 9,778. There are 378 people who receive unemployment benefits and 395 people who receive an income guarantee.


There are 11 schools and in the city. They are spread out as 6 state elementary schools, 1 religious state elementary school, 1 Democratic school and 3 high schools (Shazar junior high, Ben Zvi junior high and Ben Zvi High school) and 2,032 high school students. 81.51% of 12th grade students were entitled to a matriculation certificate in 2011.

Ono Academic College, an accredited private college with 8,500 students is located in Kiryat Ono.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Qiryat Ono Population 2013". Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. 
  2. ^ Walid Khalidi, All that Remains, Washington, D.C. 1992, pp. 247-248; Carta's Official Guide to Israel, Jerusalem 1983, p. 358.
  3. ^ "Qiryat Ono (Israel)". Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  4. ^ "Ono Academic College - PROFILE - ONO ACADEMIC COLLEGE". Retrieved 2013-03-26. 

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