Choosing a Place to Live in Israel

If you live in Israel, you most likely already know where you would like to live. However, choosing a place to live may not be as easy to new immigrants and foreigners who are interested in purchasing a realty in the State of Israel. Each place has a unique character and appeal which is why it is very difficult to list top five places to live in Israel for instance. For that reason we will take a look at some of the most popular places and their main advantages.


Jerusalem. The current and the ancient capital of Israel is a holy place to three major world religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam. It is the largest city in Israel and has a population of over 750,000. The city is home to all branches of the Israeli government, the Supreme Court, the Hebrew University, the Israel Museum, the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo and many other important institutions. Although it is primarily known for its religious significance, Jerusalem offers everything you could expect from the capital city including higher priced real estates.

Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv. The city on the Israeli Mediterranean coastline is an excellent choice if you want to live in a city in the true meaning of the word and enjoy the sight of the sea. Tel Aviv is the second most populous city in Israel and is home to over 400,000 people. Besides the proximity to the ocean, the city offers great business opportunities, a bustling nightlife, great shopping,… you name it. It really is not hard to understand why it is one of the most popular places to live among both Israelites and foreigners.


Haifa. The third largest city in Israel is situated on the historic land bridge between Asia, Europe and Africa, and has a population of over 250,000 (with the adjoining towns about 600,000). It is a popular choice as well as due to its proximity to the ocean and the benefits of a larger city. It is home to two important academic institutions – the Technion and the University of Haifa as well as a number of high-tech parks.


Herzliya. The city on the Israeli central Mediterranean coastline that was named after the founder of modern Zionism, Theodor Hertz is one of the most prestigious locations in Israel, especially its western district Herzliya Pituah. The quality of life in this coastal city is ranked very high (second highest in 2008) among the larger Israel’s cities. It has a population of about 87,000 people and it is big enough to offer all the main advantages of a city life.


Ra’anana. The city south-west of Herzliya is renowned for high quality life and for being one of the safest cities in the Middle East. Native Israelites form the vast majority of the city population but the city is also a popular choice among immigrants.

There are of course many other places that are worth considering as well. In addition to the urban areas, Israel is home to a large number of smaller communities which are a perfect choice if you avoid the city bustle but be close to the “civilization“.