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Malawi, District 2008 [Level 1, GIS]

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GEO1_MW2008 identifies the household’s district within Malawi in 2008. Districts are the first level administrative units of the country. A GIS map (in shapefile format), corresponding to GEO1_MW2008 can be downloaded from the GIS Boundary files page in the IPUMS International web site.

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

Comparability — General

Districts with populations less than 20,000 (based on the most recent sample year) were regionalized (combined) with neighboring districts to create units with populations greater than 20,000.

  • Likoma is combined with Nkhata Bay for confidentiality reasons.


  • All households


  • Malawi: 2008