Warning: these figures indicate the number of cases found in the data file. They cannot be interpreted as summary statistics of the population of interest.
GEO1_BF1985 identifies the household's department within Burkina Faso in 1985. Departments were the first level administrative units of the country in 1985 (currently regions). A GIS map (in shapefile format), corresponding to GEO1_BF1996 can be downloaded from the GIS Boundary files page in the IPUMS International web site.
The full set of geography variables for Burkina Faso can be found in the IPUMS International Geography variables list. For cross-national geographic analysis on the first and second major administrative level of any country refer to GEOLEV1, and GEOLEV2. More information on IPUMS-International geography can be found here.