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DHS-IPUMS-I Cameroon regions, 1976-2018 [consistent boundaries, GIS]

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DHS_IPUMSI_CM provides geographic codes for Cameroon 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_CM indicate the major administrative unit in which the household was enumerated or surveyed.

GIS shapefiles for Cameroon can be downloaded here.

Comparability — General

The units in DHS_IPUMSI_CM 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 2004 to 2018 and corresponds to the census samples from 1976 to 2005 in IPUMS-International.

Cameroon 1991 and 1998 DHS samples are excluded from DHS_IPUMSI_CM due to inconsistent boundaries and geographic units. The DHS surveys also separate Douala and Yaounde as separate regions.

Boundary changes:

  • In 1983 Centre-Sud split into two provinces - Centre and Sud.
  • In 1983 Nord split into three provinces - Nord, Adamoua, and Extrême Nord.


  • All households


  • Cameroon: 1976, 1987, 2005