I have two large data sets one point and one polygon.

What I was looking to do was identify which polygon is closest to each point.

Hopefully I was looking for a automated process as the point data set is very large. Ideally I would like a column in the attribute table of the point data set identifying the name/reference of the nearest polygon.

  • 2
    What is the format of your dataset ? Sofware ?
    – WKT
    Apr 21, 2016 at 14:12
  • @kcunliffe - can you load them into a database?
    – Ian Turton
    Apr 21, 2016 at 14:19
  • I don't see why not. What kind of database, Geodatabase?
    – kcunliffe
    Apr 21, 2016 at 14:52
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    What software are you using?
    – Tom
    Apr 21, 2016 at 15:01

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If you're using ArcGIS:

You can use the Near tool.

You can also use the Spatial Join tool and under Match Options, choose Closest.


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