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Sources for US Zip Code Boundaries?

I was just wondering what the most up-to-date source for US Zip Code boundaries would be. My first thought was TIGER, whenever that comes out, but then I thought that the Postal Service might be a ...
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Geocoding USA addresses that cannot be sent over internet?

For a one-time project, I need to geocode a few thousand addresses. In the past I've used various online resources for this kind of thing (e.g., Google Maps API), but the addresses I'm working with ...
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Where to get 2010 Census Block data?

I would like to download 2010 Census Block Data for several towns and I can't seem to find it on American Factfinder. Is it there? And if not, does anyone know where I could find it?
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Seeking GIS data for fast food industry?

I am working a small project related to fast food industry. I am trying find GIS data for fast food chains like subway, MC Donald's, Arby's, etc in state of Ohio. Basically, I am looking for point ...
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What is the source of horizontal and vertical striping in USGS DEMs?

When processing 30m and 10m DEM data downloaded through the National Map Viewer from the National Elevation Dataset, we noticed horizontal and vertical striping not only in the produced results, but ...
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Obtaining up-to-date list of US ZIP Codes with Latitude and Longitude Geocodes? [closed]

NOTE: This began as a question on Stack Overflow, which has subsequently been closed. I also noticed a similar question about Most Up-To-Date Source for US Zip Code Boundaries, but I believe this ...
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Finding footprint data for US buildings?

Are there any sources for free and distributable building footprint datasets for major cities around the United States? Ideally, the data would also have the number of stories of each building; is ...
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Seeking shapefile of city boundaries in US?

Where can I find a shapefile that contains boundaries for the major cities in the United States? I have tried the census website but could not find anything.
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Which projection is best for mapping the contiguous United States?

If I wanted to project latitude & longitude data for the contiguous United States (the United States excluding Alaska and Hawaii), which projection would I use? I prefer more accurate distances ...
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Choosing projected coordinate system for mapping all US states?

I'm on a project requires integrating data for all states in the US. It means I have two roadway datasets and I'm going to assign the attributes of roadways in one dataset to the same roadways in the ...
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Determining which US zipcodes map to more than one state or more than one city?

I'm using a zip code listing, and I am curious to know how many (or which) zip codes map to more than one US state or US city? For instance I know that Zip Code 42223 resolves to US Army, Fort ...
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Downloading DEM data for US?

USGS has been moving towards serving data through The National Map Viewer. They have several WMServices through their website that serve elevation data to the public (hillshade & DEM). The ...
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Difference between NAD83 Indiana SPW in QGIS and ArcGIS for Desktop?

It seems ESRI and QGIS don't have the same definition for my most commonly used projection, NAD83 StatePlane Indiana West (US ft). When I create data in an ESRI product the projection shows up in ...
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Does the NED use geocentric or geodetic latitude?

What kind of latitude does the National Elevation Dataset (NED) use? Geocentric or geodetic or something else? I can't find the information anywhere on their site (http://ned.usgs.gov/index.html) or ...
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Choosing Projection for Gulf coast region of USA?

What are the most appropriate datum and projection I could use for the Gulf coast region - spanning Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida? I have to analyze block group data along the coast.
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Gathering data for large number of census block groups?

I would like to collect some census data for every block group in New England. I'm primarily interested in median income and median age, and ideally I'd like a large .csv file with one row per census ...
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Where can I find the finest granularity of 2010 US census population information?

I am writing a re-districting application where I want to be able to create US voting districts based on geographic coordinate population data. In a perfect world, I would have the population for each ...
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Downloading US Census data?

I'm in a introduction course for ArcGIS and I'm just starting to work on my project. I'm trying to create a map showing the relationship between poverty and education. I also want to try and present ...
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Getting inaccurate results converting from New York State projection to NAD83 with Python's pyproj

I've been trying to do a standard coordinate translation between New York State Long Island (ESRI:102718) and latitude/longitude (EPSG:4269)...but I keep getting the wrong lat/lng results. I don't ...
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Databases of bars, pubs and restaurants in United States and Canada?

I am mostly seeking Bars and Pubs but Restaurants are a very nice bonus. I need a database with zipcode, city, state, longitude, latitude, establishment name, establishment contact information, maybe ...
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How does a newbie get household income data based on address to the block level?

I am beginning a research project and need to find a way to access the census data about household income. We need it at a closer level than by zip code since income varies a lot by zip code in our ...
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Sites with recreational shapefiles for United States?

Do you know of any sites that I could find some recreational shapefiles? An example would be shapefiles of golf courses, ski resorts, or maybe baseball fields in the United States?
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What level of error expected when using NAD StatePlane CRS from adjacent state?

I am adding Georgia data to my GIS database and, unlike the California data I've added, have decided to use my existing EPSG:3361 (South Carolina StatePlane) coordinate reference system for ...
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Extract tract shapefile from 2006 US Census

I have downloaded the 2006 census tract files. This version does not have the shapefiles format but the tiger format. I am able to load the data in python using following code: import ogr ...
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How do I from convert from street level address to block/block group/census track?

I just downloaded block-level census data, using this answer Where to get 2010 Census Block data? It output a spreadsheet with a bunch of rows of the format GEO.id | GEO.id2 | ...
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All US 2010 Census Data - Tract Level

I'm trying to find where I can download all the data (summarized to the tract level). By all data, I mean population race Marital status job wage age sex same sex couples kids education I need this ...
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USA Contiguous Albers Equal Area Conic to miles

My data is in USA Contiguous Albers Equal Area Conic projection. How can I convert the USA Contiguous Albers Equal Area Conic projection to miles?
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Data providers equivalent to USDA/NRCS/FSA Common Land Unit (CLU)?

For one of my agricultural projects, I really need reasonably accurate field boundaries for fields in the US, specifically Iowa right now but later, other similar states. The USDA/NRSC/FSA Common ...
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GDAL Conversion of US Topo GeoPDFs

I've used GDAL_translate with "--config GDAL_PDF_LAYERS" option to convert US Topo GeoPDFs to GeoTIFF and it works great for creating collarless topos based on the new format. However, I can't get it ...
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US / Mexican border data

I'm interested in locating free GIS shapefile data representing the US / Mexican border. I have found a point layer depicting the border crossing points but I'm interested in a polyline feature ...
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How to translate 1980 US Census Place Code to post 1990 Place FIPS?

US Census PLaces are coded differently pre-1990 and post-1990, after the introduction of FIPS Code. For instance, for Albertville, AL: Pre-1990 : Place Code - PLACEA : 0030 Post-1990: Place FIPS - ...
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Why does my phone's GPS suffer from “urban canyon” problems in Beijing but not New York?

In a separate question on Travel.SE I asked why my phone's GPS didn't seem to work in Beijing, China. Turns out that it was simply an "urban canyon" problem, and that the GPS did in fact work when I ...
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Number of lanes in road data

I have been learning about the TIGER and the National Map datasets for mapping roads in the United States. One limitation is that as far as I can see there is no data on the number of lanes. The main ...
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What are the state border outlines called which treat every state as a single entity, including surrounding waters?

What are the state border outlines called which treat every state as a single entity, including surrounding waters? I need to create a latitude/longitude pairing of each state's "borders", which I ...