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We have a situation where user enters a city, state for which we need to find a corresponding zip code. In case there is no corresponding zip code, we are required to find a zip code that close to the city, state.

Can you please throw some ideas as to how to go about doing this using Google maps/geocode API.

EDIT: Is it possible for US that a city entered by user does not have a zip code?

  • Is this for a particular country, or worldwide? If the US (or probably other counties), many cities will have multiple zip codes--does that matter to you or is any zip code close to that city OK? – neuhausr Sep 20 '11 at 13:50
  • @neuhausr If we get multiple zip codes, we will prompt the user to choose one of them. – Mohan Gundlapalli Sep 21 '11 at 7:44
  • The Google Maps API geocoding service will only return a zip code if you give it a street address. Giving just the City and State won't return a zip code, most likely because there are usually multiple zipcodes per city (in the US at least). – Casey Sep 21 '11 at 11:54
  • Every city has at least one ZIP code – Maksim Feb 12 '16 at 14:32
  • @MohanGundlapalli did you get a scenario, where reverse geocoding with google maps was not giving postal code. For e.g. in my case its not giving postal code for Xi'an, Shaanxi, China when i find using reverse geocoding. – whyAto8 Dec 6 '18 at 12:56
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I guess you could do something with http://www.geonames.org API for getting back zipcodes with cities ands states.

In case it is not found, you could use the geoname parameter postalcode_startsWith and propose results to your user or to you.

But first of all, I would study how the zipcode is built on the country you are working on. Once this done, you could maybe get back more accurate data from geonames API.

  • We got the zip codes from geonames for all the cities of US. This helps to get zip code(s) of any city. Thanks. – Mohan Gundlapalli Sep 21 '11 at 7:45
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I created a simple API to do that magic using Google Maps Geocoding API.

Github: https://github.com/t4joel/get-address-by-google-maps-api

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  • They need reverse of what you do, as I need that too. – M-- Nov 15 '18 at 14:54

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