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DHS-IPUMS-I Bangladesh regions, 1991-2018 [consistent boundaries, GIS]

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DHS_IPUMSI_BD provides geographic codes for Bangladesh that match those in the DHS and IPUMS-International databases. This variable can be used to link contextual area data from IPUMS-DHS to IPUMS-International or vice versa. The codes in DHS_IPUMSI_BD indicate the major administrative unit in which the household was enumerated or surveyed.
GIS shapefiles for Bangladesh can be downloaded here.

Comparability — General

The units in DHS_IPUMSI_BD are harmonized across DHS and IPUMS-International samples to account for changing boundaries in the major administrative level of geography. The time span for DHS samples are 1994 to 2018 and corresponds to the census samples from 1991 to 2011 in IPUMS-International.

Boundary changes:

  • Chittagong split in the early 1990's to form Chittagong and Sylhet
  • Rajshahi split in 2010 to form Rajshahi and Rangpur
  • Dhaka split in 2015 to form Dhaka and Mymensingh


  • All households


  • Bangladesh: 1991, 2001, 2011