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GEOALT_EG1988_2014 (GEOALT_EG1988_2014)
Egypt governorates, 1988-2014 [integrated; GIS]

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GEOALT_EG1988_2014 indicates the region of Egypt where the respondent was interviewed. The variable is integrated to yield units with consistent boundaries across samples.

Labels identify the modern geographic units (governorates) contained in each integrated region. Each sample also has its own non-integrated geography variable. The 1995, 2000, 2005, 2008, and 2014 samples have greater geographic detail available in their sample-specific variables. An additional integrated variable, GEO_EG1988_2014, contains less geographic detail (grouped governorates).

An integrated GIS map (in shapefile format) for Egypt can be downloaded here.


In all Egypt samples, the surveys included governorates from Rural Lower Egypt, Urban Lower Egypt, Rural Upper Egypt, Urban Upper Egypt, and the Urban Governorates:

  • Behera, Dakahlia, Damietta, Gharbia, Ismailia, Kafr-El Sheikh, Kayubia, Menofia and Sharkia comprise Rural and Urban Lower Egypt.
  • Assiut, Aswan, Beni Suef , Fayoum , Giza, Menya, Souhag, and Qena comprise Rural and Urban Upper Egypt.
  • Alexandria, Cairo, Port Said, and Suez comprise the Urban Governorates.

Starting with the 1995 Egyptian sample, governorates from the Frontier group of governorates were added and included Matroh, New Valley, Red Sea, North Sinai, and South Sinai. The 2014 Egyptian sample excludes the North and South Sinai governorates.

In the 2008 sample, Luxor was created from Qena.


  • Egypt 1988: Ever-married women age 15-49.
  • Egypt 1992: Ever-married women age 15-49.
  • Egypt 1995: Ever-married women age 15-49.
  • Egypt 2000: Ever-married women age 15-49.
  • Egypt 2005: Ever-married women age 15-49.
  • Egypt 2008: Ever-married women age 15-49.
  • Egypt 2014: Ever-married women age 15-49.
  • Egypt: 1988-W, 1988-B, 1988-C, 1992-W, 1992-W, 1992-H, 1992-B, 1992-C, 1995-C, 1995-B, 1995-H, 1995-W, 2000-C, 2000-W, 2000-H, 2000-B, 2000-W, 2005-B, 2005-W, 2005-H, 2005-W, 2005-C, 2008-B, 2008-W, 2008-H, 2008-C, 2008-W, 2014-H, 2014-B, 2014-C, 2014-W, 2014-W