15 July 2013

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This publication presents findings of a study on characterization and ranking of various geographical units in Israel by the population’s socio-economic level. The analysis focused on two types of geographical units: local authorities and statistical areas. Separate analysis was conducted for each type of geographical units. The analysis of local authorities included the municipalities, local councils, and regional councils. The analysis of statistical areas included large urban localities (numbering over 10,000 residents), as well as local councils that are not divided into separate statistical areas (up to 10,000 residents). The study was based on multivariate analysis of demographic, social, and economic characteristics of the population and households. The sources used were the 2008 Census of Population, data on income from the Ministry of Finance, and data on recipients of allowances from the National Insurance Institute and the Ministry for Religious Services. Factor analysis was conducted to derive an index that reflected the socio-economic level of the population residing in each geographical unit. Afterwards, the cluster analysis was carried out to classify the geographical units into homogeneous groups based on the population’s socio-economic level. In addition, this publication includes estimators of the variance within localities that are divided into statistical areas, and within the regional councils.

The Central Bureau of Statistics hopes that the characterization of geographical units presented in this publication will provide a basis for planning, administration, and research. The socio-economic index is a tool for comparing the levels of populations in geographical units, and can also be helpful in identifying prosperous and poor regions. In addition, the index can contribute toward improving government policies for local authorities.

The Division for Statistical Analysis of the Central Bureau of Statistics and the staff of the Research and Information department at the Ministry of the Interior collaborated in the preparation of the index. The study was commissioned by the Ministry of the Interior, and is intended to serve as an indicator of needs for allocating grants to local authorities, as well as for other purposes. We would like to thank Mr. Issachar Dor from the Ministry of the Interior and Mr. Jacques Bendelac and Ms. Miriam Shmeltzer from the National Insurance Institute for their assistance and cooperation in the project. ​



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ISSN  0793-5382
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