Beersheba metropolitan area

Beersheba Metropolitan Area
Largest city Beersheba
Other cities Arad, Dimona, Netivot, Ofakim, Rahat,
Population  Ranked 4th in Israel
 - Total 361,400 (2014 est.)
 - Density 63.1/km2
Beersheba is the seventh largest city in Israel and the centre of the third 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.[1] 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 fourth largest metropolitan area in the country, with an estimated population of over 361,400.

Metropolitan rings

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

Metropolitan rings in the Beersheba metropolitan area[2]
Metropolitan ring Localities Population (2014 census) Population density
(per km²)
Annual Population
growth rate
Total Jews and others1 Thereof: Jews Arabs
Core2 1 201,100 196,700 177,200 4,400 1,711.8 0.9%
Outer Ring3 32 160,300 36,200 35,700 124,100 286.4 3.0%
Northern Section 12 84,100 11,900 11,700 72,100 272.8 3.2%
Eastern Section 8 67,100 15,100 14,900 52,000 527.8 2.7%
Western Section 12 9,100 9,100 9,000 0 73.2 4.4%
Total 33 361,400 232,900 212,900 128,500 533.6 1.8%


  • 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).


Major highways

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

See also


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

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