Northern District (Israel)

North District
District of Israel
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  Hebrew מחוז הצפון
  Arabic منطقة الشمال
Cities 17
Local Councils 61
Regional Councils 15
Capital Nazareth
  Total 4,478 km2 (1,729 sq mi)
Population (2016)
  Total 1,401,300
ISO 3166 code IL-Z

The Northern District (Hebrew: מחוז הצפון, Mehoz HaTzafon; Arabic: منطقة الشمال, Minṭaqat ash-Shamal) is one of Israel's six administrative districts. The Northern District has a land area of 4,478 km², which increases to 4,638 km² when both land and water are included. The district capital and largest city in the North District is Nazareth.

The Golan Heights has been run as a sub-district of the North District of Israel since the 1981 Golan Heights Law was passed; the law is not internationally recognized, and the unenforced United Nations Security Council Resolution 497 declared the annexation invalid. Excluding the Golan Heights, which covers a land area of 1,154 km², the Northern District covers 3,324 km² (3,484 km² including water).


According to the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics data for 2016:[1]

  • Total population: 1,390,900 (2016)
  • Ethnic:
    • Arabs: 746,600 (53.7%)
    • Jews: 599,700 (43.1%)
    • Others: 44,600 (3.2%)
  • Religious:
  • Density: 311/km²

As such, the North District is the only district in Israel where the majority of inhabitants are Arabs.

Administrative regions


The Northern District is divided into the following subdistricts:

  • Safed Subdistrict
  • Kineret sub-district
  • Jezreel sub-district
  • Acre Subdistrict
  • Golan sub-district


Cities Local Councils Regional Councils

See also


Coordinates: 32°50′N 35°20′E / 32.833°N 35.333°E / 32.833; 35.333

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