Geography and GIS

Geography Overview: IPUMS and IEPM

IEPM provides geographic tools developed by IPUMS 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. The geographic tools referenced here include all countries covered by IPUMS, including those outside of Europe.

GIS Boundary Files Download

Boundary files (shapefiles) facilitate subnational, national and international data mapping. The attribute data in all shapefiles corresponds to a specific geographic variable in the 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.

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