Palestine Census reports

by Brendan McKay

Summary. We provide scans of census reports from the Mandate of Palestine and later censuses of the West Bank and Jordan.

Introduction

During the period 1918–1948, Palestine was under control of the British government, from 1923 under a Mandate granted by the League of Nations. During that time two formal censuses were conducted. The census reports were published, but are rather rare so we provide scans of most of them here for the first time.

1922 census

The 1922 census report consisted of a single 58-page document. Parts of northern Palestine were not included since they were still under French control.

1931 census

The 1931 census was a more scientific operation. There were three volumes published.

1945 Village Survey

Sub-Districts

After 1931 there were plans for another census but they never came to fruition. The only village-level population and land ownership data available from this period comes from a few local surveys. The most well-known is that of 1945. Its report is very rare. A version of it was published in 1970 by the Palestine Liberation Organization Research Center, but unfortunately they added the counts of Christians and Muslims together for ideological reasons. It can be viewed here.

The original document can be viewed at the National Library of Israel here. The viewer is terrible and needs to be tricked into showing a decent resolution. Here are the columns for population, one image per sub-district, which the document says are for April 1, 1945.

The only explanatory information in the document is Page 2.

1961 Census of Jordan

Here we provide extracts from the 1961 Census of Jordan. The census included the West Bank (census districts Hebron, Jerusalem and Nablus together with the contributions of those regions to the "Scattered Tents census district"). The quality (from microfilm) is too poor for reliable OCR. Note that the tables on each page run from right to left.

Table 1.7 lists the localities with a population of 2,000 or more and their populations by sex. Table 1.8 lists the total populations of localities with from 100 to 1,999 persons.  PDF.

1967 Census of the West Bank and Gaza Strip

The Israeli government conducted a census of the West Bank and Gaza Strip in 1967, soon after those places were occupied by Israel in the Six-day War. Extensive tables from the census were compiled into electronic form by Joel Perlmann of the Levy Economic Institute of Bard College. Please visit HERE.

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