My goal is to count the number of wells in each county. I've verified the columns are correct as listed in the attribute table. Do I have a typing or formatting error? I wanted to pull county names from a list but I'm trying to T/S with one variable first.

import arcpy
arcpy.overWriteOutput = True
arcpy.env.workspace = "E:\\GIS4080\\Week5\\Lesson5_Data"  

# Variables
wells = "Wells.shp"
counties = "COUNTIES.shp"
Wells_Intersect = "Wells_Intersect.shp"
Wells_Intersect_Layer = "Wells_Intersect_Layer"
input_f = ["Wells.shp", "COUNTIES.shp"]
Date_list = []
wellCnt = 0

# Process: Intersect
arcpy.Intersect_analysis(input_f, Wells_Intersect, "ALL", "", "INPUT")

# Process: Make Feature Layer
arcpy.MakeFeatureLayer_management(Wells_Intersect, Wells_Intersect_Layer)

# List County Names
countyList = [row[0] for row in arcpy.da.SearchCursor(counties, "COUNTY")]
#print countyList

# Count Wells in each County
#for cname in countyList:
cname = "YUMA"
with arcpy.da.SearchCursor(Wells_Intersect_Layer, "COUNTY", '"COUNTY "= ' + cname) as cursor:
    for row in cursor:
        wellCnt = wellCnt + 1
        print cname, str(wellCnt)

Traceback (most recent call last):
File "E:\GIS4080\Week5\L5_hw.py", line 32, in
for row in cursor:
RuntimeError: A column was specified that does not exist.

  • looks like "COUNTY " rather than "COUNTY" (space before the double-quote mark) in your with line – Midavalo Feb 5 '16 at 2:06
  • For debugging purposes you can wrap the with clause with a try..except in order to see what happens. – Stefan Feb 5 '16 at 10:17

Juggling single quotes and double quotes can be a pain, but this should work:

with arcpy.da.SearchCursor(Wells_Intersect_Layer, "COUNTY", '"COUNTY" = \'{}\''.format(cname)) as cursor:
    for row in cursor:

Although you could probably also get around it by specifying the Where clause separately:

# Count Wells in each County
#for cname in countyList:
countyField = '"COUNTY"'
cname = "YUMA"
whereclause = "{} = '{}'".format(countyField, cname)

with arcpy.da.SearchCursor(Wells_Intersect_Layer, "COUNTY", whereclause) as cursor:
    for row in cursor:
  • Finally got my whereclause to work! Thanks. More study time on formatting is a must. – BillTheCat Feb 5 '16 at 14:27

The problem may be in your where_clause.

'"COUNTY "= ' + cname

You have a space between the attribute name and quotation mark instead of quotation mark and equal sign, which I think will throw it off.

Try instead:

"COUNTY = '{}'".format(cname)
"COUNTY = '" + cname + "'"    # this is the same, but I find it harder to read!

You need those quotation marks there to properly include cname as a string in the SQL query.

  • Thanks for the formatting suggestions and example. I'm still getting the same error. – BillTheCat Feb 5 '16 at 3:28
  • 1
    String formatting requires single-quotes: "COUNTY = '{:s}'".format(cname) – Vince Feb 5 '16 at 3:40
  • @Vince thanks, I always mess that up when I'm going by memory and don't have a Python IDLE at hand. – Erica Feb 5 '16 at 9:10

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