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United Kingdom, Region 1961 - 2001 [Level 1; consistent boundaries, GIS]

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      class Geo1_uk : public Editor {
  Geo1_uk(VarPointer varInfo) : Editor(varInfo) {}

  void edit() {
    auto result = getRecoded();

    if (dataSet == dataset_id::uk2001a) {

      result = MISSING;

      if (countPeople() > 0) {
        RecordPointer person_rec = people().front();
        auto source_data = getSourceData(person_rec);
        result = applyTransTable(source_data);



GEO1_UK identifies the household's region within United Kingdom in all sample years. Regions are the first level administrative units of the country. GEO1_UK 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_UK can be downloaded from the GIS Boundary files page in the IPUMS International web site.

The full set of geography variables for the United Kingdom 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. Between 1961 and 2001, the following changes occurred:

  • East or East Anglia changed its name to East of England.
  • Inner and Outer London were created from London

Missing units:

  • Northern Ireland is only included in the 2001 sample


  • All households


  • United Kingdom: 1961, 1971, 1991, 2001