I have a series of polygons representing parcels of land. I would like to calculate the distance of each polygon from the coastline. I also have a polygon of the entire region of interest, i.e. an island.

What is the ArcGIS Desktop 10.1 procedure to achieve what I am after?


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On the assumption that you have an Advanced level license (you do not specify otherwise), I think you should try the Near (Analysis) tool:

Determines the distance from each feature in the input features to the nearest feature in the near features, within the search radius.


  • Both input features and near features can be point, multipoint, line, or polygon.

If you decide to use ArcGIS Pro instead then its Near (Analysis) tool is available at all license levels.


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