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Families in Israel Are Mobile

Every fourth family in Israel owns a car notwithstanding the extremely high cost of private vehicles and a much higher percentage owns major household appliances such as refrigerators, washing machines and TV sets, a recent survey by the Central Bureau of Statistics disclosed.

A standard Volkswagen “Beetle,” probably the cheapest car on the market, costs the equivalent of $10,000, including taxes, which is over 30 times the average monthly wage in Israel. The survey showed a co-relation between car ownership and education. Fifty-five percent of the heads of families with cars had 13 or more years of education who owned cars.

The survey, conducted between July-September, 1977 showed a continuing upward trend in the purchase of cars and costly household appliances.