interesting facts about Tel Aviv

7 Interesting Facts about Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv is a Mediterranean city in Israel. It is the second-largest city in the country and the centre of the economy, culture and media of Israel. Famous for its beaches and surf, Bauhaus and sushi, the city is a magnet for tech companies, startups and LGBTQ visitors. So, whether you are planning a trip or are just curious to know more, here are some of the most interesting facts about Tel Aviv.

7 Interesting Facts about Tel Aviv

1. Tel Aviv is a coastal city in Israel

Tel Aviv-Yafo often referred to as just Tel Aviv is a city in Israel situated 60 kilometres (40 miles) to the northwest of Jerusalem on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. It is the second-largest city in Israel after Jerusalem and the centre of economy, culture and the media of Israel. As of February 2022, the population of Tel Aviv is 4,343,584 people. For comparison, the population of Jerusalem is 956,849. The city proper of Jerusalem is bigger than Tel Aviv, but the metropolitan area of Tel Aviv is bigger than Jerusalem. Tel Aviv was founded on April 20, 1909, and in 1950 it combined with the city of Jaffa so that the two cities were united under one municipal entity, Tel-Aviv-Yafo.

interesting facts about Tel Aviv

2. Tel Aviv has a high dog-to-human ratio

Tel Aviv is a city of dog lovers. The municipality of Tel Aviv says that the ratio of dogs to residents is 1:17. Yup, that’s right! There’s is one dog for every 17 people in Tel Aviv! Tel Aviv has one of the highest dog-to-human ratios in the world! In 2019, registration records indicate that there were 37,151 dogs living in Tel Aviv.

Bonus fact: Tel Aviv is also a city of sushi lovers and is home to the world’s third-most sushi restaurants per capita, behind only Tokyo and New York. There are more than 100 sushi restaurants in the city from which to choose.

3. Tel Aviv is a cultural hotspot

Israel is a great place for history buffs. The nation has more museums per capita than any other country in the world. In Israel, there are over 230 museums dedicated to all manner of topics, for instance, design, architecture, technology and sports. Tel Aviv is home to over 20 museums, more than any other city in the country. It’s also home to the three largest museums in the country. The Tel Aviv Museum of Art is the 49th-most-visited art museum in the world. The Beit Hatfutsot, the Museum of the Jewish People, is the biggest museum in the world specialising in the history of Judaism and the Jewish diaspora.

interesting facts about Tel Aviv

4. Tel Aviv is one of the most gay-friendly cities in the world

In 2013, the mayor’s office allocated $100,000 (about a third of the city’s total tourism budget), on a marketing campaign to attract more gay tourists. Now it spends around a quarter of a million dollars a year on gay tourism. This has made Tel Aviv a gay mecca and the city hosts the largest Gay Pride parade in Asia and the Middle East with over 250,000 people attending.

5. Tel Aviv is the most expensive city to live in the world

In December, the $776 million Meier-on-Rothschild Tower complex opened. At 158 meters (520 ft)  it is the tallest building in Tel Aviv tallest building and the second-highest residential building in Israel after Nevve Nof Tower, which is also in Tel Aviv. The tower has 141 apartments that cost from $3 million to $44.2 million and is home to the most expensive apartment ever sold in Israel. With prices like those, it comes as no surprise that Tel Aviv is ranked as the most expensive city in the world, according to the 2021 “Worldwide Cost of Living” report by the Economist Intelligence Unit.

6. Tel Aviv is ‘Silicon Wadi’

Apart from being the most expensive, it is also one of the world’s most innovative cities. Only Silicon Valley in California rivals the startup scene in Tel Avia. In fact, Tel Aviv is called ‘Silicon Wadi‘. The city is home to more than 6,000 startups. To help attract international startups, the Tel Aviv government offers incentives to entrepreneurs, for instance, temporary accommodation and workspace, as well as consulting and legal advice.

interesting facts about Tel Aviv

7. Tel Aviv has more Bauhaus-style buildings than any other city

Tel Aviv is famed for its Bauhaus-style architecture. In fact, the city is home to more 1930s Bauhaus-style buildings than any other city in the world. Because of this, UNESCO proclaimed the city a World Heritage Site saying “The White City of Tel Aviv is an outstanding example of new town planning and architecture in the early 20th century.”

interesting facts about Tel Aviv

Melanie May

Melanie is an intrepid solo traveller, endlessly curious about people, places and food. She is a fan of slow travel and loves exploring the world by mouth, discovering a culture through its food. Having backpacked her way around the world she turned her wanderlust into a career and is now a full-time travel writer.

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