IPUMS Geography Overview

IPUMS provides geographic information to facilitate cross-temporal and cross-national comparative analyses. Multiple census years are available for most countries in the database, and geography variables are harmonized taking into consideration changes in administrative boundaries over time.

GIS Boundary Files Download

IPUMS boundary files (shapefiles) facilitate subnational, national and international data mapping. The attribute data in all shapefiles corresponds to a specific geographic variable in the IPUMS International microdata for mapping purposes.

List of All Geography Variables

A comprehensive table that lists geography variables across all the countries in the IPUMS database. The table lists spatially harmonized and year-specific geography variables as well as map (JPEG) images for all mappable geography variables.

Crosswalk to IPUMS-DHS geography

A list of geography variables with codes that match those in the IPUMS-DHS and IPUMS-International databases. The variables are intended to facilitate combining data from the censuses and Demographic and Health Surveys.