Tel Aviv Metropolitan Area
Gush Dan (Hebrew גוש דן ) is the agglomeration of the Israeli city of Tel Aviv- Jaffa. " Gush " is the Hebrew term for " block " (Hebrew גוש ). Dan was one of the sons of Jacob. According to the Old Testament was the area around the ancient port city of Jaffa, part of today's twin city of Tel Aviv- Jaffa, in the possession of the tribe of Dan ( one of the twelve tribal areas in biblical Israel). Thus, means " Gush Dan " in German as " Dan - city - block " or " Dan metropolitan area ."
While in the past practically the public bus was settled by the Egged cooperative in all Israel, the conurbation around Tel Aviv stood around under the license issued by the Dan - Buskooperative. Thus, means " Gush Dan " at the same time the / the " concession area / block of Dan - Buskooperative ".
As the " Gush Dan " is called around only the agglomeration close to Tel Aviv. Only those cities which merge into each other seamlessly and are fused together will count. Since the Tel Aviv metropolitan area has grown steadily since its inception massive, new cities are gradually added over the years.
Originally, the " Gush Dan " from the cities of Tel Aviv- Jaffa, Ramat Gan, Bnei Brak, Giv'atajim, Holon and Bat Yam. In recent years, the cities of Rishon LeZion, Petah Tikva, Givat Shmuel, Kiryat Ono, Ganei Tikva and Savion are added. Herzlia, Or Yehuda and Yehud are also sometimes added counted.
Since " Gush Dan " is not a statistical region and as a concept is relatively fuzzy and variable, the population is sometimes given with 1.5 million, another time with 3.5 million.
The Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics ( CBS) divides the Tel Aviv area in suburban belt. The Gush Dan recorded while the core ( Tel Aviv), the inner belt and parts of the middle settlement belt.
The entire Tel Aviv area, including the outer settlement belt extends along the Mediterranean coast from Ashdod up to Netanya and toward Jerusalem to Modi'in and comprises a total of 253 villages. This called by the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics "Tel Aviv Metropolitan Area " in 2005, the area has 3 million inhabitants limit reached ( end of 2004: 2.987 million inhabitants, with an annual growth rate of 1.8%).