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Kyrgyz Republic, Region 1999 - 2013 [Level 1; consistent boundaries, GIS]

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GEO1_KG identifies the household's region (oblast) or city (shaar) within Kyrgyzstan in all sample years. Regions or cities are the first level administrative units of the country. GEO1_KG 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_KG can be downloaded from the GIS Boundary files page in the IPUMS International web site.

The full set of geography variables for Kyrgyzstan 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:

  • In 2009, there is an additional designation for the city of Osh even though it is not actually a separate region. Despite its separate designation, the city of Osh is a part of Oshskaya region. This is how the data was received and we have maintained the division.

Several region names are either called by other similar names or spelled differently:

  • Gorkenesh Bishkek is also called "Bishkek" or "city of Bishkek"
  • Issyk-Kul region is also spelled as "Ysyk-Köl"
  • Dzhalal-Abad region is also known as "Jalal-Abad"
  • Oshskaya region is also known as "Osh"
  • Talasskaya region is also known as "Talas"
  • Chuya region is also spelled as "Chuy".


  • All households


  • Kyrgyz Republic: 1999, 2009