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definition of urban areas [message #12530] Thu, 08 June 2017 09:20 Go to next message
sandra.jurasszovich is currently offline  sandra.jurasszovich
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Dear all,

I have a question concerning the definition of urban areas in DHS surveys. I was not able to find any reference what definition was used to distinguish urban and rural areas.
I looked through various final reports as well as the sampling and household listing manual.
Do the DHS surveys follow the respective national definition of the national statistical offices?
Or do you know where to find information about this topic?

Any help is much appreciated!
Thank you!

Best,
Sandra
Re: definition of urban areas [message #12686 is a reply to message #12530] Thu, 29 June 2017 10:13 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Liz-DHS
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A response from sampling expert, Dr. Ruilin Ren,
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The DHS surveys never define the urban/rural, it always follows the national definition which was defined by the population census. That is why we never address the urban/rural definition in the final report.
Thanks
Ruilin



If you check the Citation page which is usually located behind the Title page in the final reports, you will see contact information for the implementing agencies. Usually there's an email and phone number. They may be able to provide more information.
Thank you!
Re: definition of urban areas [message #12695 is a reply to message #12686] Fri, 30 June 2017 02:29 Go to previous messageGo to next message
sandra.jurasszovich is currently offline  sandra.jurasszovich
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Many thanks for your response!

Best,
Sandra
Re: definition of urban areas [message #14579 is a reply to message #12695] Sat, 21 April 2018 22:45 Go to previous message
kingx025 is currently offline  kingx025
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The IPUMS-International project has consulted census documentation from national statistical offices and put online whatever information they had about the definition of Urban in various national censuses. You can find the information online here:
https://international.ipums.org/international-action/variabl es/URBAN#comparability_section

If you want to impose a more consistent definition of urban status, consider using the contextual variable on population density in IPUMS-DHS (available at idhsdata.org), where you can define whatever threshold(s) you prefer based on population density:
https://www.idhsdata.org/idhs-action/variables/POPDENSITY#de scription_section

Miriam King


Dr. Miriam King
IPUMS-DHS Project Manager (www.idhsdata.org)
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