Rishon LeZion (Hebrew: רִאשׁוֹן לְצִיּוֹן (audio) (help·info), 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.
City (from 1950)
|• ISO 259||Riˀšon l Ṣiyon|
|• Translit.||Rishon LeTziyon|
|• Also spelled||Rishon LeZiyyon (official)|
|• Mayor||Raz Kinstlich|
|• Total||61,914.25 dunams (61.91425 km2 or 23.90523 sq mi)|
|• Density||4,200/km2 (11,000/sq mi)|
|Name meaning||First 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.