Government figures on internal population movement released on Tuesday showed that the shift from big cities to smaller cities and towns continued through 2014, Arutz Sheva reported.
The leaders in population loss were Yerushalayim, Tel Aviv and Haifa. The capital registered an overall decrease of 6,740 residents; Tel Aviv dropped by 930; Haifa by 1,147. (In the case of Yerushalayim, the emigration does not necessarily mean overall decrease in population, since it is offset by a high birth rate.)
The numbers, which came from the Central Bureau of Statistics, track emigration from Yerushalayim, particularly of young people, which had already begun before the current wave of terror. The chronic shortage of affordable housing was thought to be a major cause of the trend.
On the other hand, population gains were seen in Petah Tikva (3,009), Ashkelon (1,537), Rehovot (1,475) and Netanya (684).