I'm using ODL Studio to draw US zip codes, and though I can download the free database and get it to load, I can't figure out how to draw boundaries. The tutorial provided on their site explains how to do UK ones with a corresponding polygon shape file.

Is there a similar file for US zip codes?

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The ZCTA5(Zip Code Tabulation Area) shapefile from the Census Bureau should have what you are looking for. 2010_ZCTA5 Here are single state files, although 2010 Version. Click on the State name, then the 2 digit State FIPs code, then ZCTA510.zip should be at the bottom.

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    Beware that GIS zipcodes may not represent true boundaries on the ground. They are a polygonized form of linear data. Read the disclaimers. Oct 6, 2014 at 18:58
  • I downloaded the file; however, I get a 'Exception of type "OutOfMemoryError"' when trying to import it into ODL studio. Are there shape files by state, can I divide this one up, or am I doing something wrong?
    – user37842
    Oct 6, 2014 at 20:24
  • You'll have to forgive me for being so dense, but I'm new to all this. When I go to that link you've provided... what do I actually download to run the shape file in ODL? There's a lot of zip files in there and I didn't see anything that looked liked zip codes specifically.
    – user37842
    Oct 6, 2014 at 20:45
  • @Maksim I think those would be valuable additional instructions to edit into your answer so that it can be read standalone.
    – PolyGeo
    Oct 6, 2014 at 23:57
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    @OpenDoorLogistics I'm not comfortable to do that without a discussion at Geographic Information Systems Meta first. I'm not against what you request but since this is the first question that has mentioned ODL Studio I don't feel like I have enough information to act on. I suggest reviewing and then linking to this earlier Meta Q&A as a preamble to making this request there.
    – PolyGeo
    Mar 8, 2017 at 3:36

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