Residential differentiation at two geographic scales – the metropolitan area and the city: The case of Tel Aviv

Itzhak Omer*

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The research of residential differentiation in cities is concentrated on one geographic scale such as metropolitan areas, cities, or counties. As a result, we have relatively little information regarding the extent of residential differentiation and its spatial pattern at different geographic scales. This paper examines the residential differentiation within the socio-spatial structure of the Tel Aviv metropolitan area as it was in 1995. The analysis is conducted at two geographic scales. The first analyzes the entire metropolitan area as one spatial entity; the second examines the 22 cities located within that area. We applied the method of classical factorial social ecology to investigate residential differentiation along the social dimensions of ethnicity, socio-economic status and family status (stage in the family life cycle) in their spatial expression at the metropolitan and city geographic scales. The findings indicated that residential differentiation in the metropolitan area and in cities tends to be dominated by the ethnic dimension, which is most closely associated with the socio-economic dimension. The relative independence of family status enables the formation of socially diverse residential areas which are often organized in nearly a sectoral-concentric pattern. In general, residential differentiation was more significant at the geographic scale of cities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-79
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Urban and Regional Analysis
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2010


  • Ethnicity
  • Factorial social ecology
  • Geographic scale
  • Residential differentiation
  • Tel Aviv metropolitan area


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