Northern District (Israel)

The Northern District (Hebrew: מחוז הצפון‎, Meḥoz HaTzafon; Arabic: منطقة الشمال‎, Minṭaqat ash-Shamāl) 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 is Nof HaGalil and the largest city is Nazareth.

Northern District
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 • Arabicمنطقة الشمال
 • Hebrewמחוז הצפון
Northern District in Israel (+disputed hatched).svg
Local Councils61
Regional Councils15
CapitalNof HaGalil
 • Total4,478 km2 (1,729 sq mi)
 • Total1,401,300
ISO 3166 codeIL-Z

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 claim is only recognized by the United States[1] and the unenforced United Nations Security Council Resolution 497 declared the annexation invalid. Excluding the Golan Heights, which cover 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:[2]

  • 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

The Northern District is the only district of Israel where the majority of inhabitants are Arabs.

Administrative regionsEdit

Nazareth, the largest city in the North District
Cities Local Councils Regional Councils

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ "Population, by Population Group, Religion, Age and Sex, District and Sub-District" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. 2017. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 9, 2018. Retrieved May 8, 2018.

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