(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) The overwhelming majority of Israelis are happy with their lives, and Israelis are more worried about housing prices and their children's education than about personal safety, crime, or employment security, according to the Quality of Life Report published Wednesday by Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics.
The data in the report was collected in 2013-2014 and is of an unprecedented extent, covering dozens of parameters and measures of the economic, social, and personal quality of life enjoyed by Israelis. All in all, according to the numbers, 86 percent of Israelis (90 percent of Jews and 73 percent of Arabs) are happy with their lives.
The report is the first one of its kind to rank the 10 issues Israelis see as most important. Housing prices were the No. 1 issue for Israelis, followed by the level of teaching and the education their children receive. Third was work conditions and treatment by employers, followed by economic stability and public infrastructure, green spaces and cleanliness of residential areas, balancing work and family life, crime, a sense of personal safety in public, affordable higher education, and employment security.
Perhaps surprisingly, the issue of personal safety in public was only No. 8 on the list. The survey found that 73 percent of Israelis felt a high level of safety when walking in their own neighborhoods after dark, with 84 percent of men and 63 percent of women saying they feel safe. Rishon Lezion, outside Tel Aviv, was ranked the safest city, with 78 percent of its residents saying they feel very safe. Tel Aviv came second, with 75 percent of its residents saying they feel very safe, followed by Beersheba (69 percent), Haifa (67 percent), and Petach Tikva (67 percent).