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Palestine, Governorate 1997 - 2017 [Level 1; consistent boundaries, GIS]

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GEO1_PS identifies the household's governorate within Palestine in all sample years. Governorates are the first level administrative units of the country. GEO1_PS 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_PS can be downloaded from the GIS Boundary files page in the IPUMS International web site.

The full set of geography variables for Palestine 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

All the units that make up Palestine are in dispute with Israel. The disputed areas are a result of the Third Arab–Israeli War in 1967. With the exception of No Man's Land along the Israel/Palestine which is coded as 99, the areas referred to as "Judea, Samaria, and Gaza Areas" by Israel are divided into 16 units that make up Palestine.

Jericho governorate is also known as Ariha and Al Aghwar governorate and Gaza ash Shamaliyah is also known as North Gaza.

Disputed regions:

  • No Man's Land along the Israel/Palestine border is coded as 99.
  • Judea, Samaria, and Gaza Areas (in dispute with Israel) make up Palestine. Data for these areas appear in all Israel samples and Palestine. In Palestine, the units are recorded separately while in Israel, the units appear as one.

Missing governorates: The 2007 sample is missing 5 governorates, including the entire Gaza Strip. These governorates are:

  • North Gaza
  • Gaza
  • Deir Al-Balah
  • Khan Yunis
  • Rafah


  • All households


  • Palestine: 1997, 2007, 2017