Modiin Maccabim Reut was ranked best city in the country for the third year in a row, by city residents in a survey conducted by “Midrag,” a company that has ranked professionals for more than 10 years.
“Midrag” asked its members to rate the performance of their cities. Six thousand four hundred and twenty-four residents from the 21 largest cities in Israel participated in the survey, with 235 of the participants being residents of Modiin Maccabim Reut.
The survey included a number of questions regarding the performance of the municipalities where residents answered by giving a grade between one and five (with five being the best grade). The “Midrag” website did not alter any grades and only members of the site were able to participate. The website only provided the platform for residents to rank their cities. The purpose of the ranking was to provide a comparison of the performances of the largest cities in Israel as told by the residents.
The main question asked of residents of the cities was to grade the city and its activities. Modiin Maccabim Reut received a grade of 4.03 out of 5, which is 0.31 points higher than last year and put the city in first place in the category.
Another question asked was if residents receive a fair return on arnona (property tax). To this question, 63.8% of residents of Modiin Maccabim Reut answered “yes,” 29.36% answered partially fair return on arnona and only 6.81% answered “no”. This number stands out against the national average of the “Midrag” website where 25.5% of residents think they do not receive a fair return on arnona.
In the education category, Modiin Maccabim Reut received a grade of 3.99, which is the highest in the country for the third year in a row. More than half of the city’s annual budget goes towards education. The city’s schools also received top scores; preschools – 4.02; elementary schools – 4.12; high schools – 4.06. Public buildings received a score of 3.76.
The city was also ranked first place on the list in cleanliness with grades of 4.1 and 4.05 that includes clean streets, garbage removal, recycling and handling dog poop.
On the question of planning and building, Modiin ranked first place for young couples to live with a score of 3.28.
In all the questions dealing with the state of the parks, sports and culture, the city received the high scores, from 4.14. The questions dealt with the area of the parks, the quality of the parks, the sport fields, maintenance and more. The scores in this category place the city in second place, behind Herzeliya.
The survey also asked participants if their city is growing, declining or stagnant. 91.71% of Modiin residents said that the city is growing, 6.34% said the city is stagnant and only 1.95% said that the city is declining.
To see the complete survey (in Hebrew): Midrag website