I have been searching for a few days to find a web service that will provide the State, County, and Place FIPS codes from an address input. Most of the services I've found only provide a State, County, and Census block code.

For example, for the address 4139 S 143rd Cir, Omaha, NE 68137 would return:

State: 31 County: 05 Place: 537000


It may be a two step process. Geocode the address, get the xy from the geocode result and then send the xy to a county web service with FIPS. You will want to intersect the point.

http://tigerweb.geo.census.gov/ArcGIS/rest/services/Census2010/State_County/MapServer/1/query?text=&geometry={"x":-122,"y": 41,"spatialReference":{"wkid":4326}}&geometryType=esriGeometryPoint&spatialRel=esriSpatialRelIntersects&returnGeometry=false&outFields=STATE,COUNTY&f=json



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  • I really need the Place code as well. I have found several services that will give me the State and County, but not very few options for getting the Place code. – Utensil Mar 4 '13 at 22:40
  • What do you mean by places? I'm not an expert on census data, but my understanding is that there are "incorporated places" and "census designated places". Neither cover every address only certain areas -- so you're going to have addresses without places. Census tracts, block groups and blocks do cover everything. Browse this tigerweb.geo.census.gov/ArcGIS/rest/services/… – awesomo Mar 4 '13 at 22:56
  • Here is a link describing the Place code that I need. census.gov/geo/www/cob/pl_metadata.html I have seen some sites call a City FIPS code. – Utensil Mar 4 '13 at 23:01
  • So that document indicates "Census Designated Places", "Consolidated Cities" and "Incorporated Places" are the layers you're looking for. These separate layers are listed in the services in the link above. You may have to query all 3 to find if a point falls into any of them. I doubt that someone has combined them -- but you could get the data and combine and host them yourself. – awesomo Mar 4 '13 at 23:19
  • How reliable is this service? I see that the link is currently broken. Is there an SLA guarantee for the uptime? How would I go about hosting my own site? – modulitos Sep 28 '17 at 18:06

You can use this one here: https://www.ffiec.gov/geocode/

The page hits a couple different endpoints when a search is made. If all you need are the FIPS codes, you just need this one: https://geomap.ffiec.gov/FFIECGeocMap/GeocodeMap1.aspx/GetGeocodeData

You will need to make a post request with a body like this: {sSingleLine: "123 Main St, Watertown, MA", iCensusYear: "2018"}

Example in Python:

import requests
import json
address = "123 Main St, Watertown, MA" 
geocode_url = 'https://geomap.ffiec.gov/FFIECGeocMap/GeocodeMap1.aspx/GetGeocodeData'
headers = {'content-type':'application/json'}
data = {'sSingleLine': address, 'iCensusYear': "2018"}  
r = requests.post(geocode_url, data = json.dumps(data), headers=headers)
d = r.json()['d']

state_code = d['sStateCode']
county_code = d['sCountyCode']
msa_code = d['sMSACode']
tract_code = d['sTractCode']

Unfortunately, it doesn't look like it gives codes for city or place.

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