I'm working with some points in ArcMap 10.3 that have specified volumes, and I am plotting them so that the points have graduated symbols. Nothing particularly strenuous.

However, I noticed one of my largest observations, at just over 2,200,000,000, was nullified in the table.

When I went to change it from to the correct input, it gave me the "the value you have entered is out of range or is not a whole number" error.

I can put in 2 billion, but not anything higher than that.

I don't know if this is related to the fact that the field type is currently set at "Long" or not, but I am trying to find the root of the issue.

Normally I would just exclude the point, but since it's one of the largest it really should be represented on the map.

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Very conveniently, the max value of a LONG field is limited to 2,147,483,647.... just beneath your max value of 2,200,000,000! :)

You'll have to update the field type or adjust all your values by a certain modifier.

You should be using a float or double field type for large values.

Source: http://resources.arcgis.com/EN/HELP/MAIN/10.1/index.html#/ArcGIS_field_data_types/005s0000000p000000/

  • You're kidding. I figured it was type-related; what should I change the type to so that it's accepted? Oct 8, 2015 at 18:15
  • Float would be what you need (double would work too, but overkill).
    – Thomas
    Oct 8, 2015 at 18:16
  • 2
    To clarify, double is overkill if your value contains less than eight significant digits.
    – Vince
    Oct 8, 2015 at 18:27

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