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DHS-IPUMS-I Uganda regions, 1991-2016

Codes and Frequencies

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DHS_IPUMSI_ UG provides geographic codes for Uganda that match those in the DHS and IPUMS-International databases. This variable can be used to link contextual area data from IPUMS-DHS to IPUMS-International or vice versa. The codes in DHS_IPUMSI_UG indicate the major administrative unit in which the household was enumerated or surveyed.

GIS shapefiles for Uganda can be downloaded here.


The units in DHS_IPUMSI_UG are harmonized across DHS and IPUMS-International samples to account for changing boundaries in the major administrative level of geography. The time span for DHS samples are 1995 to 2016 and corresponds to the census samples from 1991 to 2014 in IPUMS-International.

The DHS samples provide geographical information for groups of districts, while the IPUMS-International samples uses districts.

The 1988 DHS Uganda sample is excluded due to inconsistent boundaries. Also, in the DHS samples, Uganda had 4 grouped districts in 1995 and 2001 which later split into 15 grouped districts in 2016:

  • Central 1, Central 2, and Kampala consists of the districts of Kalangala, Kampala, Kiboga, Luwero, Masaka, Mpigi, Mubende, Mukono, Nakasongola, Rakai, Sembabule, Kayunga, and Wakiso.
  • East Central and Eastern consists of the disctircts of Bugiri, Busia, Iganga, Jinja, Kamuli, Kapchorwa, Katakwi, Kumi, Mbale, Pallisa, Soroti, Tororo, Kaberamaido, Mayuge, and Sironko
  • North, Karamoja, and West-Nile consists of the districts of Adjumani, Apac, Arua, Gulu, Kitgum, Lira, Moroto, Moyo, Nebbi, Nakapiripirit, Pader, and Yumbe.
  • Western and Southwest consists of the districts of Bundibugyo, Bushenyi, Hoima, Kabale, Kabarole, Kasese, Kibaale, Kisoro, Masindi, Mbarara, Ntungamo, Rukungiri, Kamwenge, Kanungu, and Kyenjojo.

In the 2011 Uganda survey, Karamoja was created from North.


  • Uganda 1995: All women age 15-49.
  • Uganda 2001: All women age 15-49.
  • Uganda 2006: All women age 15-49.
  • Uganda 2011: All women age 15-49.
  • Uganda 2016: All women age 15-49.
  • Uganda: 1995-W, 1995-H, 1995-C, 1995-M, 1995-B, 2001-M, 2001-W, 2001-H, 2001-B, 2001-C, 2001-W, 2006-B, 2006-C, 2006-M, 2006-W, 2006-H, 2011-H, 2011-W, 2011-C, 2011-W, 2011-M, 2011-B, 2016-W, 2016-C, 2016-B, 2016-M, 2016-H, 2016-W