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Covering 2.83 sq. km., Hadar constitutes 4.4% of Haifa's area. Its 37,170 residents make up 14% of the city's population. Hadar lies on Mount Carmel's northern slope between the Carmel area and the lower town area. It is now a neighborhood in flux with numerous new immigrants, mainly from the former Soviet Union, living there.
The main street, Herzl Street, is a busy bargain shopping street with many shops, bazaars and discount houses.  Some of the educational institutions like the Technion- Israel Institute of Technology and Kiach high school have moved away; some like Chadash, Bialik, Bosmat and Even-Pina high schools have closed down and some like the Re'ali school still exist.

Hadar is divided into four areas:

Hadar West  has a population of  7,940 of which 62% are Arab. This area is home to the Ba'hai Shrine and the Universal House of Justice which are located in the Ba'hai Gardens sloping from the Carmel ridge down to the German Colony. The magnificent Ba'hai Gardens, which descend down the Camel slope to the German Colony area, are one of Haifa's main tourist attractions and they have recently been granted the status of a UNESCO World Heritage site. Adjacent to the site a wave of renewal has led to the opening of art galleries, antique shops and small coffee shops. 

The following facilities and institutions can be found in this neighborhood:
* Ma'ale Carmel elementary school
* El Kharame elementary school
* Nazarene Nuns elementary through high school
* Sheizaf municipal high school
* Center for advancement of learning
* Shema - center for children and youths with hearing disabilities
* Abas community center
* Senior citizens clubs
* SHIL – Citizens' Advice Bureau
* Beit Chagall – center for painters and sculptors
* The Ba'hai gardens and shrine
* Massada station of the Carmelit (Haifa's underground funicular railway)

  Hadar Elyon (Upper Hadar) has 10,340 people residing within it. The district contains many Charedi (ultra-orthodox ) enclaves and the relevant institutions.

The following facilities and institutions can be found in this neighborhood:
* Leo Baeck elementary school
* Yavne religious elementary school
* Beit Ya'akov - Charedi elementary school
* Beit Yosef -  Charedi elementary school
* Moreshet Torah - Charedi elementary school
* Masoret Yisrael Charedi elementary school
* Urim elementary school (special education)
* ORT Chana Senesh technological school
* ORT Chana Senesh community center
* Nursing school
* Bnai Zion Medical Center
* Bnai Zion Outpatient Clinics
* Family Health Clinics (Tipat Halav)
* Senior citizens club (Milab)
* Golomb station of the Carmelit (Haifa's underground funicular railway)

Hadar Merkaz (Central Hadar) is considered the heart of Hadar, and it has 9,450 people living in it. The Central Hadar area contains many of Haifa's architectural, cultural and historical landmarks.

The following facilities and institutions can be found in this neighborhood:
* The Haifa Municipal Theater
* The National Science, Technology and Space Museum – Madatech
* Reali elementary and junior high private school – Hadar branch
* The Central Library – Pevzner and the Graphotek picture library
* Hadar community center
* Binyamin Park
* Memorial Park (Gan Hazikaron)
* City Hall and the Municipal Engineering Authority
* The State Comptroller's Office
* Army Recruitment Center
* Hotels: Lev Haifa, Migdal Haifa, Eden and Aliya
* Migdal Hanevi'im office and shopping center
* AlMeidan Theater
* Senior citizens homes: Beit Margash, Beit Ya'ara, Nof Hadar, Graff and Hemdat Avot
* Talpiot fruit and vegetable market
* Leumit Health Fund central office
* Me'uhedet Health Fund central office

Hadar East has a population of 9,440 and it is divided into three neighborhoods; Yalag, Geula and Ramat Viznitz. The first two are among Haifa's oldest Jewish neighborhoods and are mainly ultra-orthodox and Viznitz is a special neighborhood where most of the inhabitants belong to the Viznitz Hassidic community, headed by their own Haifa Rebbe Eleizer Hager.

The following facilities and institutions can be found in Hadar East:
* Zichron Meir elementary school
* Yahel Yisrael elementary and high schools for boys and for girls separately
* Torat Emet elementary school
* Ulpanat Tzvia girls junior high and high school
* Beit Ya'akov Charedi girls school
* Beit Ya'akov Charedi teachers seminar
* Charedi synagogues, yeshivot and kollels
* Etzion community center and senior citizens club
* The Haifa Rabbinical Court
* The Maccabi Health Fund central office
* Family Health Clinic (Tipat Halav)