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Aerial photograph of the towns of the Krayot. The thoroughfare running through the center, Derech Akko, separates Kiryat Bialik (r) from Kiryat Motzkin (l). Kiryat Yam runs along the coast.

The Krayot (Hebrew: הקריות‬, "townships") are a cluster of five small cities founded in the 1930s in the Haifa Bay area, on the outskirts of the city of Haifa, Israel.[1][2][3][4]

The Krayot (plural of Kirya קריה, "township") are Kiryat Yam (pop. 36,700),[5] Kiryat Motzkin (pop. 39,800), Kiryat Bialik (pop. 36,200), Kiryat Ata (pop. 33,800) and Kiryat Haim (pop. 26,960).[6]

In 2003, there was a proposal to merge the Krayot to form a city called Zevulun with a population of 250,000, which would make it one of the ten largest cities in Israel.[citation needed] However, in 2008, the plan was cancelled.[who?]

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  1. ^ Words and Stones : The Politics of Language and Identity in ... Daniel Lefkowitz Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Asian & Middle Eastern Languages & Cultures University of Virginia - 2004 Page 58 "Far below lies Checkpost, a shopping, entertainment, and transportation hub, and the gateway to the eastern suburbs called the Krayot." Most Neve Yosef residents have friends or relatives who live in the Krayot...."
  2. ^ Munio Gitai Weinraub: Bauhaus architect in Eretz Israel - Page 53 Richard Ingersoll - 1994 "(Jewish Agency Archives) Weinraub's most extensive involvement with the labor movement occurred in the workers' suburbs, or krayot, to the west of Haifa."
  3. ^ Our Hearts Invented a Place: Can Kibbutzim Survive in Today's Israel? - Page 173 Jo-Ann Mort, Gary Brenner - 2003 "Most of the new tenants are coming from Nahariya, Akko, and the Krayot [suburbs of Haifa]."
  4. ^ Civilians under assault: Hezbollah's rocket attacks on Israel in ... - Page 73 2007 "HaKrayot, Hebrew for the towns, refers to the coastal suburbs between the city of Haifa to the southwest and Akko to the north. HaKrayot's population is about 300,000, exceeding that of Haifa. It includes both vast industrial zones as well as...."
  5. ^ Fadi Eyadat (21 February 2008). "Tough blue-collar town wants to become a prime tourist destination". Haaretz. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  6. ^ World Zionist Organization. Executive - 1965 "Townships (Krayot): Tens of families and Yeshiva students have Joined the townships that have been established during the past several years, such as Kiryat Yismach Moshe, Kiryat Santz, Kiryat Mattesdorf and Kiryat Bobov."

Coordinates: 32°50′30″N 35°04′17″E / 32.8416666767°N 35.0713888989°E / 32.8416666767; 35.0713888989