The Sharon Plain (Hebrew: שרון) is the northern half of the
coastal plain of Israel. Its largest city is Netanya.
The Plain lies between the Mediterranean Sea to the west and
the Samarian Hills, 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) to the east. It
stretches from Haifa and Mount Carmel in the north to the
Yarkon River in the south, at the edge of the present city of
Tel Aviv, about 90 kilometres (56 mi). Parts of the Plain are
included in the Haifa, Center, and Tel Aviv Districts of
Israel. In 2008 The Sharon Plain was home to 1,131,600
people, 965,300 of them (85.3%) are Jews, and 166,300
(14.6%) are Arabs.
The Plain of Sharon is mentioned in the Bible. In ancient
times, the plain was particularly fertile and populous.
Zionist immigrants arrived in the early 20th century, and
populated the region with many settlements. In 2008, it was
the most densely populated region of Israel.