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Israel, District 1983 - 1995 [Level 1; consistent boundaries, GIS]

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GEO1_IL identifies the household's district within Israel in all sample years. Districts are the first level administrative units of the country. GEO1_IL is spatially harmonized to account for political boundary changes across census years. Some detail is lost in harmonization; see the comparability discussion. A GIS map (in shapefile format), corresponding to GEO1_IL can be downloaded from the GIS Boundary files page in the IPUMS International web site.

The full set of geography variables for Israel can be found in the IPUMS International Geography variables list. For cross-national geographic analysis on the first and second major administrative level, refer to GEOLEV1, and GEOLEV2. More information on IPUMS-International geography can be found here.

Comparability — General

Israel has three regions that are in dispute with its neighboring states. The disputed areas are a result of the Third Arab–Israeli War in 1967.

Disputed regions:

  • No Man's Land along the Israel/Palestine border is coded as 099.
  • Judea, Samaria, and Gaza Areas (in dispute with Palestine) are coded as 098.
  • Golan in the northern part (in dispute with Syria) is coded as 097.

The harmonized shapefile does not take into account the boundary changes in disputed regions.
Boundary changes:

  • The 1983 and 1995 census takes Golan as a subdistrict of Northern district
  • The 1983 census includes the East Jerusalem area of the West Bank to its Jerusalem district.


  • All households


  • Israel: 1972, 1983, 1995