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Bet Shemesh

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Beth-shemesh is the name of ancient Biblical towns.

Bet Shemesh (בית שמש; unofficially also spelled Beit Shemesh) is a city in the Jerusalem District in Israel. According to the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), at the end of 2003 the city had a total population of 65,000.

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Demographics

According to CBS, in 2003 the ethnic makeup of the city was 100.0% Jewish and other non-Arab, with no significant Arab population. There are thousands of immigrant settlers. See Population groups in Israel.

According to CBS, in 2001 there were 24,500 males and 24,600 females. The population of the city was spread out with 47.6% 19 years of age or younger, 17.1% between 20 and 29, 18.8% between 30 and 44, 9.4% from 45 to 59, 2.1% from 60 to 64, and 5.0% 65 years of age or older. The population growth rate in 2001 was 11.2%.

Income

According to CBS, as of 2000, in the city there were 12,518 salaried workers and 849 are self-employed. The mean monthly wage in 2000 for a salaried worker in the city is ILS 4,858, a real change of 7.3% over the course of 2000. Salaried males have a mean monthly wage of ILS 6,631 (a real change of 8.9%) versus ILS 3,162 for females (a real change of 1.3%). The mean income for the self-employed is 5,840. There are 744 people who receive unemployment benefits and 2,701 people who receive an income guarantee.

Education

According to CBS, there are 40 schools and 9,322 students in the city. They are spread out as 29 elementary schools and 6,619 elementary school students, and 15 high schools and 2,703 high school students. 50.1% of 12th grade students were entitled to a matriculation certificate in 2001.

Industries

Among other crops, grapes are grown here. A local wine, "Singer Cellars", is produced, and grapes are also processed by winemakers in neighbouring areas, e.g. Cremisan cellars in Beit Jala.de:Bet Schemesch he:בית שמש

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