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REGNCL indicates the region in Chile in which the household was enumerated. It is the largest-scale geographic identifier available in the Chile samples.

The full set of geography variables for Chile 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.

Boundary changes:

  • Los Ríos region was formed from Los Lagos
  • Arica and Parinacota region was formed from Tarapacá
  • Ñuble regions was formed from Bio Bío

REGNCL does not include the 1960 or 1970 samples due to reorganization of administrative divisions between 1970 and 1982.


  • All households


  • Chile: 1982, 1992, 2002, 2017