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Districts of Israel

Districts of Israel
מחוזות ישראל (Hebrew)
محافظات إسرائيل (Arabic)
Category Unitary State
Location State of Israel
Number 6 Districts
Populations 951,900 (Haifa) – 1,976,300 (Central District) 1,331,300 (Tel Aviv District)
Areas 72 square miles (190 km2) (Tel Aviv) – 5,477 square miles (14,190 km2) (Southern District)
Government District government
Subdivisions City 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 (מחוזות; singular: mahoz) and Arabic as mintaqah and fifteen sub-districts known as nafot (נפות; singular: nafa). 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 1
  • Northern District 2
  • Haifa District 3
  • Central District 4
  • Tel Aviv District 5
  • Southern District 6
  • Judea and Samaria Area 7
  • See also 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10

Jerusalem District

Jerusalem District (Mehoz Yerushalayim). Population (2013-12-31): 1,008,400[1]

District capital: Jerusalem[2]

Northern District

Northern District (Mehoz HaTzafon). Population (2013-12-31): 1,341,500

District capital: Nazareth

  • Safed (sub-district) – population: 113,000
  • Kinneret (sub-district) – population: 108,800
  • Yizre'el (sub-district) – population: 476,300
  • Akko (sub-district) – population: 598,500
  • Golan (sub-district)[3] – population: 44,900.[4]

Haifa District

Haifa District (Mehoz Heifa). Population (2013-12-31): 951,900

District capital: Haifa

  • Haifa (sub-district) – population: 553,400
  • Hadera (sub-district) – population: 398,500

Central District

Central District (Mehoz HaMerkaz). Population (2013-12-31): 1,976,300

District capital: Ramla

  • Sharon (sub-district) – population: 435,200
  • Petah Tikva (sub-district) – population: 668,700
  • Ramla (sub-district) – population: 319,800
  • Rehovot (sub-district) – population: 552,600

Tel Aviv District

Tel Aviv District (Mehoz Tel Aviv). Population (2013-12-31): 1,331,300

District capital: Tel Aviv

Southern District

Southern District (Mehoz HaDarom). Population (2013-12-31): 1,168,600

District Capital: Beersheba

  • Ashkelon (sub district) – population: 504,200
  • Be'er Sheva (sub-district) – population: 664,400

Formerly Hof Aza Regional Council with a population of around 10,000 Israeli settlers was part of this district, but the settlements 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

Judea and Samaria Area (Ezor Yehuda VeShomron). Jewish Population (2013-12-31) : 356,500, Palestinian population: roughly 2.5 million

Largest Jewish Israeli city: Modi'in Illit

The name Judea and Samaria for this geographical area is based on terminology from the Hebrew and Christian Bibles 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. Therefore, it is not counted as one of the six official districts of Israel. In Jewish religious terms it is part of the "Land of Israel", which leads to politically contentious issues. However, it is not considered part of the State of Israel by any nation or the UN.

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ This district includes areas captured in the 1967 Six-Day War and annexed to Israel in the Jerusalem Law.
  3. ^ Occupied in the 1967 Six-Day War and internationally unrecognized annexed by Israel's Golan Heights Law.
  4. ^ "Regions and territories: The Golan Heights". BBC. 10 August 2010. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 

External links

  • Population figures for each district and sub-district(2008)
  • Population figures for each district and sub-district(2013)
  • Central Bureau of Statistics – detailed breakdown of each district, sub-district, and natural region.
  • Urban Israel: Details and pictures about many cities in Israel
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