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Cartographic Boundary Files - Urban Areas

The cartographic boundary files are simplified representations of selected geographic areas from the Census Bureauís MAF/TIGER geographic database. These boundary files are specifically designed for small scale thematic mapping.

Generalized boundary files are clipped to a simplified version of the U.S. outline. As a result, some off-shore areas may be excluded from the generalized files. For more details about these files, please see our Cartographic Boundary File Description page.

2010 Census

File Naming Convention:

cb_2012_us_uac10_500k.zip, where us indicates that this file is a national level file.

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Download the 2010 Census Urban Areas Boundary File

Census 2000

File Naming Convention:

ua99_d00_shp.zip, where 99 indicates that this file is a national level file.

Download:  

Download the Census 2000 Urban Areas Boundary File

1990 Census

File Naming Convention:

ua99_d90_shp.zip, where 99 indicates that this file is a national level file.

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Download the 1990 Census Urban Areas Boundary File

Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Geography | (301) 763-1128 |  Last Revised: July 30, 2013