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Haiti, Arrondissement 1971 - 2003 [Level 2; consistent boundaries, GIS]

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GEO2_HT identifies the household's arrondissement within Haiti in all sample years. Arrondissements are the second level administrative units of the country, after departments. GEO2_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 GEO2_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. Where officially-defined arrondissements have populations less than 20,000, they have been regionalized (combined) with neighboring arrondissements.

Boundary changes for GEO2_HT are too numerous to list here, but users should be aware that there were changes over time.

The 1982 sample is missing 9 arrondissements.
These arrondissements are:

  • Borgne
  • Plaisance
  • Ouanaminthe
  • Vallieres
  • Gonave
  • Gros Morne
  • Cerca la Source
  • Lascahobas
  • Chardonnieres


  • All households


  • Haiti: 1971, 1982, 2003