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DHS-IPUMS-I Ghana regions, 1984-2014 [consistent boundaries, GIS]

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DHS_IPUMSI_GH provides geographic codes for Ghana 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_GH indicate the major administrative unit in which the household was enumerated or surveyed.

GIS shapefiles for Ghana can be downloaded here.

Comparability — General

The units in DHS_IPUMSI_GH 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 2016 and corresponds to the census samples from 1984 to 2010 in IPUMS-International.


  • All households


  • Ghana: 1984, 2000, 2010