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TIGER Products

TIGER = Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing

TIGER products are spatial extracts from the Census Bureau's MAF/TIGER database, containing features such as roads, railroads, rivers, as well as legal and statistical geographic areas. The Census Bureau offers several file types and an online mapping application. Our products are:

Which product should I use?

Product Best For... File Format Type of Data Level of Detail Descriptive Attributes Vintages Available
TIGER/Line Shapefiles Most mapping projects--this is our most comprehensive dataset. Designed for use with GIS (geographic information systems). Shapefiles (.shp) and database files (.dbf) Boundaries, roads, address information, water features, and more Full detail (not generalized) Extensive 2006 - 2013, CD 113
TIGER Geodatabases Useful for users needing national datasets or all major boundaries for by state. Designed for use in ArcGIS. Files are extremely large. Geodatabase (.gdb) Boundaries, roads, address information, water features, and more Full detail (not generalized) Limited 2013
TIGER/Line with Selected Demographic and Economic Data Data from selected attributes from the 2010 Census, 2006-2010 ACS 5- year estimates, 2007-2011 ACS 5-year estimates, 2008-2012 ACS 5-year estimates and County Business Patterns (CBP) for selected geographies. Designed for use with GIS. Shapefiles (.shp) and Geodatabases Boundaries, Population Counts, Housing Unit Counts, 2010 Census Demographic Profile 1 attributes, 2006-2010 ACS 5-year estimates data profiles, 2007-2011 ACS 5-year estimates data profiles, CBP data. Full detail (not generalized) Limited 2012 CBP, 2010, 2006-2010 ACS, 2007-2011 ACS, 2008-2012 ACS
Cartographic Boundary Shapefiles Small scale (limited detail) mapping projects clipped to shoreline. Designed for thematic mapping using GIS. Shapefiles (.shp) Selected boundaries Less detail (generalized) Limited 2013, 2010, 2000, 1990
KML - Cartographic Boundary Files

Viewing data or creating maps using Google Earth, Google Maps, or other platforms that use KML. KML (.kml) Selected boundaries Less detail (generalized) Limited 2013
TIGERweb

Viewing spatial data online or streaming to your mapping application. Interactive viewer, HTML data files, plus REST and WMS map services Boundaries, roads, address information, water features, and more Detailed Extensive 2012, 2010, 2012 ACS
and
2011 ACS


Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Geography | (301) 763-1128 |  Last Revised: July 03, 2014