I am trying to label a street centerline layer with a condition based on street width. I am using the Python parser and I can't figure out this simple logic. Neither of these questions address how to accomplish this within the "Label Expression" window of ArcGis using Python:

Customizing label features using arcpy

Displaying combined data values in ArcMap

My attempt at it looks like this:

def FindLabel ( [NAME] ):
  if [WIDTH] > 30
  return [NAME]

GIS returns me an error when I try this.

Any help is much appreciated. Thanks in advance, mike

2 Answers 2


From the help on Building label expressions:

Field values are automatically cast to text strings. Therefore, if you wish to use a numeric value in an arithmetic operation, or when making a comparison, you will need to cast it back to a numeric data type. The examples below add two integer fields:

Also, you need to pass two parameters to your function because you are referencing two different fields.




def FindLabel ([NAME], [WIDTH]):
  if int([WIDTH]) > 30:
    return [NAME]
  • Paul, your solution also worked for me. I wish I could mark both as the correct answer, but since you gave a nod to Jens, s/he got the green check. Thanks.
    – mikeLdub
    Aug 21, 2013 at 12:57

Using a Label Class with a SQL Query is an alternative to using label expressions with python.

The SQL Expression is quite simple:

[WIDTH] > 30

In ArcGIS help you find a detailed step-by-step instruction to use a SQL Query within a label class.

  • (+1) Hmm, I never knew about this. It seems like it would be simpler (and probably faster) to build complex labeling expressions.
    – Paul
    Aug 19, 2013 at 14:39

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