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2008 Population and Housing Census


Population and housing censuses have regularly been conducted in Malawi since the colonial era. However, the most comprehensive censuses have only been undertaken during the post-colonial period starting with the 1966 census and every ten years thereafter. Censuses have been conducted as part of the Integrated Household Survey programme. The four yearly Demographic and Health Survey (DHS), the five yearly Integrated Household Survey (IHS) and the annual Welfare Monitoring Survey (WMS) are part of this program. In addition to providing benchmark data on demographic and socio-economic characteristics of the Malawi population, censuses are unique sources of information for small geographical areas and sub-national groups. Such information is vital for planning and decision-making at lower levels of the country's administrative structures. Field work for the 2008 population and housing census was done in June 2008 for a period of 21 days. The pilot census in preparation of the main census was done in September 2007 Demarcation of census enumeration areas ( census mapping) started in 2003 and finished in 2007 using GIS technology

Available Reports

The following are available reports on 2008 Population and Hosing Census

Thematic reports


2008 Population and Housing Census CD

  • 2008 Population and Housing Census CD is available here.

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