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  • Added 17 Sep 2016
  • Updated 03 Sep 2018

The Census data utilized for developing the Community Layer used 2010 TIGER/Line shapefile datasets (TIGER = Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing). TIGER/Line shapefiles are available for free download from the US Census Bureau and include various legal and statistical geographic areas for which the Census tabulates data. The shapefiles are designed to be used in a GIS environment, with the ability to directly link the geographic areas to Census data via a unique GEOID number.The following TIGER/Line datasets should be used: - Counties and Equivalent Entities –primary legal divisions within each state (counties, parishes, etc)- County Subdivisions –includes both legal areas (Minor Civil Divisions or MCDs) and various statistical areas- Places –includes both legal areas (Incorporated Places) and statistical areas (Census Designated Places or CDPs)- Blocks –the smallest geographical area for which Census population counts are recorded; blocks never cross boundaries of any entity for which the Census Bureau tabulates data, including counties, county subdivisions, places, and American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian (AIANNH) areas- American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian (AIANNH) AreasExtracting and Formatting CIS DataA key component of the community layer is the ability to link CIS information spatially. Data from CIS cannot directly be joined with Census data. The two datasets have community name discrepancies which impede an exact match. Therefore, CIS data needs to be formatted to match Census community names. A custom report can be obtained from CIS to include a CID number, Community Name, County, State, Community Status, and Tribal status for all CIS records. Make sure all CID numbers are six digits and you follow the CIS community naming convention outlined in Table in the Community Layer Update Technical Guide 20131206. Converting the CIS name“ADDISON, VILLAGE OF” to “ADDISON TOWN”involves removing unneeded spaces, comma, and preposition to make the join successful to the Census data. Using a comprehensive report at a national level gains efficiencies as bulk edits can be made. Data for each state should be extracted as needed by separating the CIS data into each type of community corresponding to the Census geography layers used, and a new JoinID column (e.g. ADDISON TOWN) can be created for each dataset allowing the CIS data to be joined to the Census data.


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RegionsNorth America, Samoa

Technical Details

Layer ID 25566
Data type Vector multipolygon
Feature count 28061
Services Vector Query API


Added 17 Sep 2016 ago
Last checked 1 Sep 2018 ago
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