Ethnicity Study : District Level Ethnic Populations

Data Type
Administrative Data
Geographic Data
Political Data
Year Covered


ESOC Project’s data on ethnic populations in Iraq, based on "Distribution of Ethnoreligious Groups and Tribes, CIA Country Profile, 2003," and "Ethnoreligious Groups, CIA, 1992." We combine high-resolution population data (LandScan 2008) and maps that bound areas in which ethnic groups reside to estimate ethnic group population numbers at the district administrative level. The boundaries of Iraq’s districts and governorates we use are designed to conform as closely as possible to the boundaries recognized and observed in the household surveys administered by the United Nations World Food Programme. Our shapefiles were used in Berman, Shapiro, Felter (2011) with very minor improvements to the alignment of district boundaries.

Provincial and below
Cross Sectional

Version of Data set

Ethnic Group Population Esimates for Iraq
Level of Detail