Codes and Frequencies
Most IPUMS data transformations are performed using variable harmonization tables that specify how each value in the source data is recoded. Some variables also require programming logic in addition to the harmonization table. The harmonization documents for this variable are:
GEOG2_IL identifies the household's subdistrict within Israel in all sample years. Subdistricts are the second level administrative units of the country, after districts. GEOG2_IL is spatially harmonized accounting 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 GEOG2_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 the results of the Third Arab–Israeli War in 1967.
- No Man's Land along the Israel/Palestine border is coded as 099099.
- Judea, Samaria, and Gaza Areas (in dispute with Palestine) are coded as 098098.
- Golan in the northern part (in dispute with Syria) is coded as 097097.
Where boundaries changed over time, units were harmonized to create units with boundaries that remain stable over time.
- Tel-Aviv, Ramat-Gan, and Hulon combined into Tel-Aviv in the 1983 census and became separate in the 1995 census.
The harmonized shapefile does not take into account the boundary changes in disputed regions.
- 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