I have a set of lottery retail locations, latitude and longitude, that I transformed to points and added the geometry column like this:

ALTER TABLE lottery.retailers ADD COLUMN geom geometry(Point, 4326);

UPDATE lottery.retailers 
SET    geom = ST_SetSRID(ST_MakePoint(retailers.lon, retailers.lat), 4326);

That seemed to work well.

I also have a set of polygons that are the county boundaries of Iowa, USA. Both tables are set to SRID 4326. https://geodata.iowa.gov/dataset/county-boundaries-iowa

I am trying to count the number of retail locations in each county with this query, but it just gives me a count of 0 for each county listed:

SELECT    county.county, 
          count(retailers.retailer_id) as total
FROM      lottery.county
LEFT JOIN lottery.retailers ON ST_Contains(county.geom, retailers.geom)
GROUP BY  county.county

Obviously, I am doing something wrong here, but it doesn't appear to be far off. I feared that the coordinate points aren't right because I transformed them from addresses, but I double-checked 10-15 of them and they were all right. Any idea how I can adjust this query to get the count?

  • 2
    check the polygons too, since the source is in NAD_1983_UTM_Zone_15N. Make sure you have re-projected the geometries and not simply have set the CRS
    – JGH
    Dec 16, 2020 at 20:21
  • I'm sorry, but how would I go about doing that? I'm relatively ne to GIS and don't understand exactly wat you mean.
    – JT Cox
    Dec 16, 2020 at 23:12
  • Maybe you are working with different SRIDs? The polygons are in EPSG:26915 and the points are in EPSG: 4326 or ? Dec 17, 2020 at 8:21

1 Answer 1


So, if I understand your question correctly run this code:

SELECT    b.id, 
          count(a.id) as cnt 
FROM      county b 
LEFT JOIN retailers a ON ST_Contains(b.geom, a.geom)
GROUP BY  b.id ORDER BY b.id

Be sure to convert the SRID into one common system, with ST_Transform()...

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