Rishon LeZion

Rishon LeZion (Hebrew: רִאשׁוֹן לְצִיּוֹן (audio) , lit. First to Zion, Arabic: راشون لتسيون) is a city in Israel, located along the central Israeli coastal plain eight kilometres (5 mi) south of Tel Aviv. It is part of the Gush Dan metropolitan area.

Rishon LeZion
רִאשׁוֹן לְצִיּוֹן
راشون لِتسيون
City (from 1950)
Hebrew transcription(s)
  ISO 259Riˀšon l Ṣiyon
  Translit.Rishon LeTziyon
  Also spelledRishon LeZiyyon (official)
Rishon LeZion
Rishon LeZion
Coordinates: 31°57′N 34°48′E
Country Israel
DistrictCentral
Founded1882; 140 years ago (1882)
Government
  MayorRaz Kinstlich
Area
  Total61,914.25 dunams (61.91425 km2 or 23.90523 sq mi)
Population
 (2022)[1]
  Total258,535
  Density4,200/km2 (11,000/sq mi)
Name meaningFirst to Zion

Founded in 1882 by Jewish immigrants from the Russian Empire who were part of the First Aliyah, it was the second Jewish farm settlement established in Ottoman Syria in the 19th century, after Petah Tikva. As of 2017, it was the fourth-largest city in Israel, with a population of 254,384.[2]

The city is a member of Forum 15, which is an association of fiscally autonomous cities in Israel that do not depend on national balancing or development grants.[3]


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