Haifa is the largest city in northern Israel, and the third largest city in the country, with a population of over 272,181. Another 300,000 people live in towns directly adjacent to the city. Together these areas form a contiguous urban area home to nearly 600,000 residents which makes up the inner core of the Haifa metropolitan area It is also home to the Baha'i World Centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Built on the slopes of Mount Carmel. Since the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, the city has been governed by the Haifa Municipality.