I'm working on a brand new project where I need boundary data for various cities in Utah. Salt Lake City was easy since their data is available for public download. The other cities? Not so much. Apparently this information is available as US Census data but I'm having a hard time parsing out the boundary data within. I'm more of a web developer so, I've never been in the position of tracking down the data itself. Annoyingly, a lot of cities in Utah have this information available as pdf download but I need the lat long city boundaries to build polygons in a web map. Can any of you more experienced cartographers help me?

  • The Census Bureau shapefile you'd want is the one for "Places". In CB terminology, this includes incorporated towns and cities, as well as some unincorporated population centers: census.gov/geo/reference/gtc/gtc_place.html. For states that have minor civil divisions (Utah's not one of them), you could also look at the County Subdivisions file: census.gov/geo/reference/gtc/gtc_cousub.html
    – fdonnelly
    Commented Jun 30, 2016 at 21:39
  • Yeah, I wanted the data itself.....I hate working with raster shapefiles....
    – daniella
    Commented Jul 5, 2016 at 20:31

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The Provo GIS Office was very helpful! Turns out the state of Utah keeps all this info for easy download on their website!


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