I have several polygons(areas) and points(with names of places) on two different layers.

How would I go about finding all of the points that reside within 100m of the polygons I have on the other layer?

So far I have created the 100m buffer around the polygons and I can visually see that there are quite a few overlaps. How would I go about extracting the names from the points that are covered by the polygons?

  • Or is there another way I should go about doing this? (eg. a query)
  • Then how would I go about classifying the distance of these newly found areas? eg, into steps of 20m, so 0m-20m,20m-40m,40m-60m etc.

closed as too broad by PolyGeo Oct 4 '15 at 7:51

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Try Select by Location tool (menu > Selection > Select by Location).

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  1. set the target layer, the layer from which the selection to be made (for example, the point feature)
  2. set the source layer (polygon)
  3. select are within a distance of the source layer feature from the Spatial selection method drop down
  4. set the search distance (100) and unit (meter)
  5. click apply

To extract only the names you can export the selected points to a new feature (Table of content > right click on layer > Data > Export data). My style is to add a new text field to the point attribute table and copy the selected layer names to the new field. You can even use this method for making ranges of distance, both in attribute table and symbology.


To find the points use the Select layer by location tool.

For the distances I don't really understand what you want, so please explain a little bit and then I'll update my answer.

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    I found what I was looking for, the near tool in proximity in the analysist toolbox was also good for what I was doing. – beth Oct 6 '15 at 9:30

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