Hatzor HaGlilit was founded in 1952–1953 as an immigrant camp 1 km to the east of the former Palestinian Arab village Fir'im. It transformed into a development town, and had a population of 4,000 by 1958. It was named after the biblical Hatzor located nearby.
Neighborhoods and places of interest
One of the most famous attractions in the town is the tomb of Honi the Circle-Maker, whose tomb adjoins those of two of his grandsons, Abba Hilkiyah and Hanan HaNihba. They were believed to have been able to bring rain through their prayers.
The town includes a large neighbourhood developed for and occupied by Gerrerhassidim.