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Ashdod (Hebrew: אַשְׁדּוֹד; Arabic: اشدود‎‎, إسدود) is the sixth-largest city in Israel. Ashdod is Israel's largest port, since about 60% of the country's imported goods come through the city.

Climate

Ashdod has a Mediterranean climate with hot summers, pleasant spring and fall, and cool, rainy winters. The humidity is usually high many times year round, and rain occurs mainly from November to March.

Climate data for Ashdod
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 17.2
(63.0)
19.5
(63.5)
23.7
(67.5)
26.9
(76.3)
27.4
(81.3)
29.5
(85.1)
31.8
(87.4)
30.1
(88.0)
29.2
(86.4)
26.5
(82.2)
23.6
(74.5)
19.2
(66.6)
25.38
(76.82)
Average low °C (°F) 7.1
(46.6)
9.8
(46.4)
12.3
(48.7)
15.9
(53.4)
16.8
(58.6)
19.2
(64.4)
21.6
(69.1)
20.4
(70.5)
18.1
(68.2)
15.5
(63.5)
11.7
(55.6)
9.5
(49.6)
14.83
(57.88)
Precipitation mm (inches) 127.9
(5.10)
98.6
(3.93)
61.4
(2.45)
17.8
(.71)
3.1
(.12)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
2.3
(.09)
29.2
(.76)
69.8
(2.78)
114.7
(4.57)
524.8
(20.51)
Source: Israel Central Bureau of Statistics

Demographics

Year Population
1961 4,600
1972 40,300
1983 65,700
1990 83,900
1995 125,820
1996 137,100
2000 174,224
2001 187,000
2003 192,200
2006 204,400
2008 209,200

Ashdod had a population of about 204,400 at the end of 2006, making it the sixth-largest city in Israel. The ratio of women to men is about 1.05 to 1.00. Also, 19.7% of the population was under the age of 10, 15.7% from age 10 to 19, 14.9% from 20 to 29, 19.1% from 30 to 44, 19.1% from 45 to 64, and 11.3% were 65 or older. The population of Ashdod is a lot younger than the Israeli average because there are a lot of young couples in the city.

Over 95% of Ashdod's population is Jewish, even though only about 30% follow their religion. The city is also home to the world's largest Karaite community, with about five thousand members.

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