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Colombia National Population and Housing Census 1985-1986 - IPUMS


General Info
Original or alternative title 
XV Censo Nacional de Población y IV de Vivienda
Colombia (COL)
Coverage type 
Time period covered 
10/1985 - 03/1986
Data type
  • De jure
  • Interview
  • Nationally representative
  • Subnationally representative
  • Urban-rural representative

Censuses provide population numbers, household or family size and composition, and information on sex and age distribution. They often include other demographic, economic and health-related topics as well. The 1985 Colombia de jure census collected data through face-to-face interviews (with some self-enumeration for the short form) on the subjects of housing, household demographics, employment for individuals 10 and older, education for those 5 and older, migration, and fertility for women 15 and older. The census day was October 15, 1985 and fieldwork among the urban population occurring  for the two weeks that followed. In rural areas, the Northern Territories, and remote areas of the country fieldwork was extended through March of 1986. Coverage for the census was 91.2% of the population. A 10% sample of dwellings from the census (2,643,125 individuals) is available through IPUMS International at the University of Minnesota. Refer to the IPUMS website for guidelines on citing database versions.