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Mauritius, Municipal Ward/Village Council Areas (MVCA) 1990 - 2011 [Level 2; consistent boundaries, GIS]

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GEO2_MU identifies the household's Municipal Ward/Village Council Area (MVCA) within Mauritius in all sample years. MVCA’s are the second level administrative units of the country, after districts. GEO2_MU is spatially harmonized accounting 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_MU can be downloaded from the GIS Boundary files page in the IPUMS International web site.

The full set of geography variables for Mauritius 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 MVCA’s have populations less than 20,000, they have been regionalized (combined) with neighboring MVCA’s.

Boundary changes for GEO2_MU are too numerous to list here, but users should be aware that there were changes over time.

There are several missing MVCA’s in all the Mauritius sample years.


  • All households


  • Mauritius: 1990, 2000, 2011