Significant gaps still exist in a series of areas between the center of the country and the periphery. That's how a Central Bureau of Statistics survey released on Wednesday reveals. The report reveals alarming gaps between the center and the periphery. Among other things, the average monetary income per household in the peripheral communities is 19% lower than the household income in the central settlements, which amounts to NIS 18,662 per month, compared with NIS 23,036 respectively. But despite this, there are no significant differences between the center and the periphery in life satisfaction: 90% of immigrants in the center's communities are satisfied with life, compared with 89% of migrants in the periphery. Satisfied with family relations: 59% of immigrants in the center's communities are satisfied with family ties, compared with 63% of migrants in the periphery.
In the periphery, the number of people who give up treatment for economic reasons is three times higher than the center's locality: 19% of households, compared to 6% of households respectively. That is, in the periphery every fifth household gives up medical care for medical reasons. In addition, the risk of poverty in the periphery is significantly higher than the center's localities: 37% of the periphery are at high risk of poverty, compared with only 22% in the center's localities.
In the periphery, more people are registered in the social services departments than one out of eight residents in the Central Region, compared to one in 12 residents in the Central Region. In the center's localities, more health is reported to be better than that of peripheral residents (86% versus 81%, respectively).
86% of residents in the center's communities reported very good and good health, compared to 81% of peripheral residents. In the center's communities, the 20-year-olds with disabilities are lower than in the periphery - 13% compared to 18% respectively. In the peripheral communities, the highest proportion of smokers (26.3%) and those with overweight (52.8%) was found;
In the center communities the opposite trend. The rate of smokers was 20.5% and those who were overweight or obese - 46.3% and, on the other hand, physical activity was approaching one third of the population - 31.8%. In very central localities, the proportion of beds in general outpatient institutions was 7 times higher than in very peripheral localities - 2.9 compared to 0.4 per 1,000 residents respectively.
The percentage of residents who gave up health care for economic reasons was 3 times higher in the periphery compared to the central region - 19% compared to 6% respectively. One out of every eight residents in the periphery was enrolled in social services because of need, compared to one in 12 in very central communities. In major localities, fewer people were killed in road accidents compared to the periphery - 2.5 per 100,000 residents compared to 5.8 respectively. In contrast, in very central localities 79% said they felt safe walking alone during the dark hours, compared to 84% in very peripheral localities. The unemployment rate in the center was 3.9% compared to 4.5% in the periphery. The employment rate in very central localities was 64.6%, compared with 69.1% in peripheral localities. 58% of residents in central localities were satisfied with the parks in their areas of residence, compared with 64% in localities. However, despite the gaps, life satisfaction was similar among residents of the central and peripheral areas - 90% and 89% respectively. Satisfied with the relationship with family members, 59% of residents in the center's communities expressed satisfaction, compared with 63% of those in the periphery. The figures also show that in the classrooms in the periphery the number of students per teacher is lower compared to the center - 7.6 compared to 10.