Southern District (Israel)

Summary

The Southern District (Hebrew: מחוז הדרום, Meḥoz HaDarom; Arabic: لواء الجنوب) is one of Israel's six administrative districts, the largest in terms of land area but the most sparsely populated. It covers most of the Negev desert, as well as the Arava valley. The population of the Southern District is 1,086,240 and its area is 14,185 km2.[3] Its population is 79.66% Jewish and 12.72% Arab (mostly Muslim), with 7.62% of other origins. The district capital is Beersheba, while the largest city is Ashdod. Beersheba's dormitory towns of Omer, Meitar, and Lehavim are all relatively affluent, while the development towns (including Sderot, Netivot, and Ofakim) and the seven Bedouin cities are lower on the socio-economic scale.[4]

South District
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 • Hebrewמחוז הדרום
 • Arabicلواء الجنوب
Southern District in Israel.svg
Cities12
Local Councils11
Regional Councils15
Largest CityAshdod
CapitalBeersheba
Government
 • District Commissioner[2]Lily Feintoch[1]
Area
 • Total14,185 km2 (5,477 sq mi)
Population
 (2016)
 • Total1,244,200
ISO 3166 codeIL-D
The route from Jerusalem to Ashdod

Cities, local councils, and regional councilsEdit

Subdistricts
Cities Local Councils Regional Councils

Some villages do not fall under the jurisdiction of a regional council. These include:

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.gov.il/he/Departments/General/board[dead link]
  2. ^ Transfer of Power (District Commissioners and District Officers) Law, 5724-1964, Laws of the State of Israel vol. 18 no 38. (pp. 70-71)
  3. ^ Area of Districts, Sub-Districts, Natural Regions and Lakes. Israel Central Bureau of Statistics
  4. ^ Current Plans for Developing the Negev: A Critical Perspective Adva Center

Coordinates: 30°37′N 34°48′E / 30.617°N 34.800°E / 30.617; 34.800