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 and Housing Census 2001|
|Population and Housing Census 1998|
|General Population and Housing Census|
|General Census of Population and Housing on March 1, 1991|
|Belize Population and Housing Census 2010|
|Cook Islands 2011
|Census of Population and Dwellings|
|Dominican Republic 2010
|IX National Population and Housing Census 2010|
|2011 Population and Housing Census|
|The Gambia 2013
|The Gambia 2013 Population and Housing Census Preliminary Results|
|2011 Census Preliminary Data|
|2010 Population Census of Japan|
|Results of the 2009 National Population Census of the Republic of Kazakhstan|
|Latvia Population and Housing Census 2011|
|III General Census of Population and Housing|
|2001 Namibia Population and Housing Census|
|3rd General Census of Population and Housing - 2001|
|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]
|Population and Housing Census 2004|
|Fourth General Census of Population and Housing - November 2010|
|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)
|Preliminary Results of Agriculture Census, 2012|
|First National Census of Agriculture|
|Cook Islands 2011
|Census of Agriculture and Fisheries|
|Agricultural Census 2010|
|Census of Agriculture|
|National Census of Agriculture 2011-2014|
|Agricultural Census 2001|
|Uganda National Census of Agriculture and Livestock|
|Census of Agriculture 2007|
|National Census of Agriculture|
|Report on the Agricultural Module, Piggy-backed onto the Population and Housing Census (PHC), 2002|