The IPUMS International Historical Geographic Information System (IHGIS) provides data tables from population and housing censuses as well as agricultural censuses from around the world, along with corresponding GIS boundary files.

The data in IHGIS were originally published by national statistical offices of the respective countries, primarily in PDF documents. Data tables in these documents vary greatly in structure and are not easy to import into statistical or other analysis software. IHGIS extracts the data from the documents and provides them in a standardized, machine-readable structure.

Through the IHGIS Data Finder, users may select and download data tables from one or more census datasets, potentially covering multiple countries, years, or census types.

Shapefiles representing the units described in the tables are available for download on our Geography & GIS page. (In a future version of IHGIS, these files will be available directly through the Data Finder.) Data tables downloaded from the Data Finder may be joined to these shapefiles using the GISJOIN field in both files.

IHGIS does not provide tools for data analysis, mapping, or reporting. Rather, IHGIS supplies data files designed for use in spreadsheet applications (e.g., Microsoft Excel), statistical software (e.g., R, Stata, SPSS, SAS), or GIS applications (e.g., Esri ArcGIS, QGIS).

IHGIS is funded by grants from the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health, with additional support from the Institute for Social Research and Data Innovation.

Datasets available in IHGIS

The datasets listed below consist of tables drawn from published results documents. IHGIS also includes data tabulated from IPUMS International microdata samples. For more information on both types of datasets, see the Dataset Descriptions page.

Population Censuses
Albania 2001
Population and Housing Census 2001
Algeria 1998
Population and Housing Census 1998
Angola 2014
General Population and Housing Census
Belgium 1991
General Census of Population and Housing on March 1, 1991
Belize 2010
Belize Population and Housing Census 2010
Cook Islands 2011
Census of Population and Dwellings
Dominican Republic 2010
IX National Population and Housing Census 2010
Estonia 2011
2011 Population and Housing Census
The Gambia 2013
The Gambia 2013 Population and Housing Census Preliminary Results
Hungary 2011
2011 Census Preliminary Data
Japan 2010
2010 Population Census of Japan
Kazakhstan 2009
Results of the 2009 National Population Census of the Republic of Kazakhstan
Latvia 2011
Latvia Population and Housing Census 2011
Mozambique 2007
III General Census of Population and Housing
Namibia 2001
2001 Namibia Population and Housing Census
Niger 2001
3rd General Census of Population and Housing - 2001
Poland 2011
Results Report: National Population and Housing Census 2011
Sri Lanka 2001
Census of Population and Housing 2001
[data n/a for 7 of the 25 districts due to incomplete enumeration]
Syria 2004
Population and Housing Census 2004
Togo 2010
Fourth General Census of Population and Housing - November 2010
Tunisia 2004
2004 census
United Arab Emirates 2005
Preliminary Results of Population, Housing and Establishments Census 2005
Data files from UAE Open Data Portal (http://data.bayanat.ae/en_GB/dataset)
Agricultural Censuses
Albania 2012
Preliminary Results of Agriculture Census, 2012
China 1997
First National Census of Agriculture
Cook Islands 2011
Census of Agriculture and Fisheries
Finland 2010
Agricultural Census 2010
Madagascar 2005
Census of Agriculture
Togo 2012
National Census of Agriculture 2011-2014
Tonga 2001
Agricultural Census 2001
Uganda 1991
Uganda National Census of Agriculture and Livestock
Vanuatu 2007
Census of Agriculture 2007
Zambia 1992
National Census of Agriculture
Uganda 2002
Report on the Agricultural Module, Piggy-backed onto the Population and Housing Census (PHC), 2002