Districts of Israel

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Districts of Israel
מְחוֹזוֹת יִשְׂרָאֵל (Hebrew)
محافظات إسرائيل (Arabic)
CategoryUnitary State
LocationState of Israel
Number6 Districts
Populations966,700 (Haifa) – 2,024,500 (Central District) 1,350,000 (Tel Aviv District)
Areas190 km2 (72 sq mi) (Tel Aviv) – 14,190 km2 (5,477 sq mi) (Southern District)
GovernmentDistrict government
SubdivisionsCity council, Local council, Regional council
Population density by geographic region, sub-district and district (thicker border indicates higher tier).

There are six main administrative districts of Israel, known in Hebrew as mehozot (מְחוֹזוֹת; singular: mahoz מָחוֹז) and Arabic as mintaqah and fifteen sub-districts known as nafot (נָפוֹת; singular: nafa נָפָה). Each sub-district is further divided into cities, municipalities, and regional councils it contains.

The figures in this article are based on numbers from the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics and so include all places under Israeli civilian rule including those Israeli-occupied territories where this is the case. Therefore, the Golan sub-district and its four natural regions are included in the number of sub-districts and natural regions even though it is not recognized by the United Nations or the international community as Israeli territory. Similarly, the population figure below for the Jerusalem District was calculated including East Jerusalem whose annexation by Israel is similarly not recognized by the United Nations and the international community. The Judea and Samaria Area, however, is not included in the number of districts and sub-districts as Israel has not applied its civilian jurisdiction in that part of the West Bank.

Jerusalem District[edit]

Jerusalem District (Hebrew: מְחוֹז יְרוּשָׁלַיִם, Mehoz Yerushalayim)

Population (EoY 2016): 1,083,300[1]
Area: 653 km2[2]

District capital: Jerusalem.[a]

Generali Building housed the offices of the Jerusalem District Administration

Northern District[edit]

Northern District (Hebrew: מְחוֹז הַצָּפוּן, Mehoz HaTzafon)

Population (EoY 2016): 1,401,300[1]
Area: 4,473 km2[2]

District capital: Nazareth

  • Tzfat (sub-district) – population: 116,000
  • Kinneret (sub-district) – population: 114,000
  • Yizre'el (sub-district) – population: 498,100
  • Akko (sub-district) – population: 624,300
  • Golan (sub-district)[b] – population: 48,800

Haifa District[edit]

Haifa District (Hebrew: מְחוֹז חֵיפָה, Mehoz Heifa)

Population (EoY 2016): 996,300[1]
Area: 866 km2[2]

District capital: Haifa

  • Haifa (sub-district) – population: 571,100
  • Hadera (sub-district) – population: 424,100

Central District[edit]

Central District (מְחוֹז הַמֶּרְכָּז, Mehoz HaMerkaz)

Population (EoY 2016): 2,115,800[1]
Area: 1,294 km2[2]

District capital: Ramla

  • Sharon (sub-district) – population: 464,500
  • Petah Tikva (sub-district) – population: 719,300
  • Ramla (sub-district) – population: 338,800
  • Rehovot (sub-district) – population: 593,300

Tel Aviv District[edit]

Tel Aviv District (Hebrew: מְחוֹז תֵּל־אָבִיב, Mehoz Tel Aviv)

Population (EoY 2016): 1,388,400[1]
Area: 172 km2[2]

District capital: Tel Aviv

Southern District[edit]

Southern District (Hebrew: מְחוֹז הַדָּרוֹם, Mehoz HaDarom)

Population (EoY 2016): 1,244,200[1]
Area: 14,185 km2[2]

District Capital: Beersheba

  • Ashkelon (sub district) – population: 532,000
  • Be'er Sheva (sub-district) – population: 712,200

Formerly Hof Aza Regional Council with a population of around 10,000 Israelis was part of this district, but the Israeli communities that constituted it were evacuated when the disengagement plan was implemented in the Gaza Strip. Currently only the Coordination and Liaison Administration operates there.

Judea and Samaria Area[edit]

Judea and Samaria Area (Hebrew: אֵזוֹר יְהוּדָה וְשׁוֹמְרוֹן‬, Ezor Yehuda VeShomron)

Jewish Population (EoY 2017): 435,159
Arab/Bedouin population: 40,000. (excludes Area A and B).

Largest city: Modi'in Illit

The name Judea and Samaria for this geographical area is based on terminology from the Hebrew and other sources relating to ancient Israel and Judah/Judea. The territory has been under Israeli control since the 1967 Six-Day War but not annexed by Israel, pending negotiations regarding its status. It is part of historic Israel, which leads to politically contentious issues. However, it is not recognized as part of the State of Israel by the UN and most nations.

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  1. ^ a b c d e f "Localities and Population, by District, Sub-District, Religion and Population Group" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. 2017. p. 2. Retrieved December 24, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Statistical Abstract – Geography (PDF) (Report) (in Hebrew). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. 2016. p. 15 (PDF p. 9). Retrieved December 24, 2017.

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