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DHS-IPUMS-I Egypt regions, 1986-2006 [consistent boundaries, GIS]

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DHS_IPUMSI_ EG provides geographic codes for Egypt 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_EG indicate the major administrative unit in which the household was enumerated or surveyed.

GIS shapefiles for Egypt can be downloaded here.

Comparability — General

The units in DHS_IPUMSI_EG 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 1988 to 2014 and corresponds to the census samples from 1986 to 2006 in IPUMS-International.

The Frontier governorates are excluded from DHS 1988 and 1992 surveys and North and South Sinai excluded from the 2014 survey.

Helwan and 6th of October is a part of the IPUMS International 2006 survey, but it is not included in the DHS surveys nor are they represented in the GIS files.


  • All households


  • Egypt: 1986, 1996, 2006