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Haiti, Department 1971 - 2003 [Level 1; consistent boundaries, GIS]

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GEO1_HT identifies the household's department within Haiti in all sample years. Departments are the first level administrative units of the country. GEO1_HT 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_HT can be downloaded from the GIS Boundary files page in the IPUMS International web site.

The full set of geography variables for Haiti 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

Where boundaries changed over time, units were harmonized to create units with boundaries that remain stable over time.

Boundary changes:

  • Nord'est (North East) split from Nord (North) in 1982.
  • Sud'Est (South East) was formed from part of Ouest (West) in 1982.
  • Centre (Central) was formed from parts of Ouest (West) and L'Artibonite in 1982.
  • Grand'Anse split from Sud (South) in 1982.
  • Nippes split from Grand'Anse in 2003.


  • All households


  • Haiti: 1971, 1982, 2003