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Chile, Province 1982 - 2017 [Level 1; consistent boundaries, GIS]

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GEO1_CL identifies the household's province within Chile from 1982 to present. Provinces are the first level administrative units of the country. GEO1_CL is spatially harmonized to account for political boundary changes across census years. Some detail is lost in harmonization; see the comparability discussion. A GIS map (in shapefile format), corresponding to GEO1_CL can be downloaded from the GIS Boundary files page in the IPUMS International web site.

The full set of geography variables for Chile can be found in the IPUMS International Geography variables list. For cross-national geographic analysis on the first and second major administrative level refer to GEOLEV1, and GEOLEV2. More information on IPUMS-International geography can be found here.

Comparability — General

Chile reorganized administrative divisions between 1970 and 1982. GEO1ALT_CL reflects provinces in Chile in 1960 and 1970.

Where officially-defined provinces have populations under 20,000, they have been regionalized (combined) with neighboring provinces.

The following units are combined for confidentiality reasons:

  • Parinacota is combined with Arica.
  • Capitan Prat and General Carrera are combined with Aisén.
  • Palena is combined with Chiloé.
  • Antartica Chilena and Tierra del Fuego are combined with Magallanes.
  • Isla de Pascua is combined with Valparaíso.


  • All households


  • Chile: 1982, 1992, 2002, 2017