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Sample characteristics: Liberia

Census/survey characteristics
Type Census
Title 1974 Population and Housing Census
Statistical agency Ministry of Planning and Economic Development
Population universe Residents of Liberia at the time of the census
De jure or de facto De jure
Census/survey day February 1, 1974
Field work period --
Questionnaire Single form with sections on individuals and housing characteristics and amenities.
Type of fieldwork Direct enumeration
Microdata sample characteristics
Sample design Sample represents approximately 10 percent of each of the cells obtained by the cross classification of 17 broad age groups, two sex categories and two divisions of working and non-working. The sample selected from each of the 68 strata is considered representative of the Liberian population.
Sample fraction 10%
Sample size (person records) 150,256
Sample weights Self-weighting (expansion factor=10)
Units identified in microdata
Dwellings No
Vacant units No
Households No
Collective dwellings No
Smallest geography District
Unit definitions
Dwellings --
Households --
Collective dwellings Institutions where people reside on a permanent or semi-permanent basis and in which the residents are identified with the institution rather than with any family relationship.
Census/survey characteristics
Type Census
Title 2008 National Population and Housing Census
Statistical agency Liberia Institute of Statistics and Geo-Information Services (LISGIS)
Population universe Persons who spent the reference night in a household in Liberia
De jure or de facto De facto
Census/survey day March 21, 2008 to March 30, 2008
Field work period March 21, 2008 to March 30, 2008
Questionnaire Single form with sections on individuals, housing characteristics, housing amenities, agriculture and deaths.
Type of fieldwork Direct enumeration
Microdata sample characteristics
Sample design Systematic sample of every 10th household with a random start, drawn by the Minnesota Population Center.
Sample fraction 10%
Sample size (person records) 348,057
Sample weights Self-weighting (expansion factor=10)
Units identified in microdata
Dwellings No
Vacant units No
Households Yes
Collective dwellings Yes
Smallest geography County
Unit definitions
Dwellings --
Households --
Collective dwellings --