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Nigeria, Local Government Areas 2008 [Level 2, GIS]

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GEO2_ NG2008 identifies the household's Local Government Areas (LGA) within Nigeria in 2008. LGAs are the second level administrative units of the country, after states. A GIS map (in shapefile format), corresponding to GEO2_ NG2008 can be downloaded from the GIS Boundary files page in the IPUMS International web site.

The full set of geography variables for Nigeria 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

Note that the Nigeria sample of 2008 is a household survey. The sample followed a two-stage, replicated and rotable design in which enumeration areas (EAs) demarcated for the 1991 Population Census served as the primary sampling units and households as the secondary sampling units. The housing units were the Ultimate Sampling Units for the multi-subject survey. EAs are very low level geographic units in Nigeria. 60 EAs were selected with equal probability from the list of EAs in each state of the federation and FCT, Abuja. Ten housing units were selected systematically in each EA after the completion of the listing exercise. Thereafter, all the households within the selected HUs were interviewed using GHS questionnaire. 2204 of an expected 2220 EAs were covered. At the housing unit level, 18,355 of 22,200 expected units were canvassed.

Local Government Areas with populations less than 20,000 (based on the most recent sample year) were regionalized (combined) with neighboring LGAs within the same states to create units with populations greater than 20,000.


  • All households


  • Nigeria: 2008