- TIGER/Line®Shapefiles 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.
- They are made available to the public for no charge and are typically
used to provide the digital map base for a Geographic Information System or for mapping software.
- They are designed for use with geographic information system (GIS) software.
The TIGER/Line®Shapefiles do not include demographic data, but they contain geographic
entity codes that can be linked to the Census Bureauís demographic data,
available on American FactFinder
Latest TIGER/Line® Shapefile Release
2010 Census TIGER/Line® Shapefiles with Urban Area Geography -- New urban area, census block, and faces shapefiles. Released March 26, 2012
2012 TIGER/Line® Shapefiles Main Page
-- Released August 17, 2012
View our how-to guides on Using the TIGER/Line Shapefiles® and Census Data.
Previous TIGER/Line® Shapefiles
- The first TIGER/Line files, offered in ASCII format, were released in 1990 and provided the first nationwide street centerline coverage of the United States,
Puerto Rico, and the Island Areas.
- TIGER/Line ®files are digital files and contain geographic features, such as roads,
railroads, rivers, as well as legal and statistical geographic areas.
- The 2006 Second Edition TIGER/Line files are the last version of the TIGER/Line®files the
Census Bureau released.
- TIGER/Line®files are offered in State/County folders. The following versions
of TIGER/Line®files are available online:
2006 Second Edition TIGER/Line®files,
108th CD Census 2000 TIGER/Line® files,
UA Census 2000 TIGER/Line® files,
Census 2000 TIGER/Line® files, and the
Redistricting Census 2000 TIGER/Line® files.
Previous TIGER/Line ® Files Documentation
TIGER/Line ® Files Metadata
-- Metadata for 1992 and later versions
TIGER/Line® FAQs and Trademark Information
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Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Created: December, 2008
Last Revised: August 16, 2012
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