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MAF/TIGER Feature Class Code Definitions

The MAF/TIGER Feature Class Code (MTFCC) is a 5-digit code assigned by the Census Bureau intended to classify and describe geographic objects or features. These codes can be found in the TIGER/Line products. The table below describes each code.

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MTFCC Feature Class Superclass
Point
Linear
Areal
Feature Class Description
C3022 Mountain Peak or Summit Miscellaneous Topographic Features
Y
N
N
A prominent elevation rising above the surrounding level of the Earth's surface.
C3023 Island Miscellaneous Topographic Features
Y
Y
Y
An area of dry or relatively dry land surrounded by water or low wetland. [including archipelago, atoll, cay, hammock, hummock, isla, isle, key, moku and rock]
C3024 Levee Miscellaneous Topographic Features
N
Y
Y
An embankment flanking a stream or other flowing water feature to prevent overflow.
C3026 Quarry (not water-filled), Open Pit Mine or Mine Miscellaneous Topographic Features
Y
N
Y
An area from which commercial minerals are or were removed from the Earth; not including an oilfield or gas field.
C3027 Dam Miscellaneous Topographic Features
Y
Y
Y
A barrier built across the course of a stream to impound water and/or control water flow.
C3061 Cul-de-sac Miscellaneous Topographic Features
Y
N
N
An expanded paved area at the end of a street used by vehicles for turning around. For mapping purposes, the U.S. Census Bureau maps it only as a point feature.
C3062 Traffic Circle Miscellaneous Topographic Features
Y
N
N
A circular intersection allowing for continuous movement of traffic at the meeting of roadways.
C3066 Gate Miscellaneous Topographic Features
Y
N
N
A movable barrier across a road.
C3067 Toll Booth Miscellaneous Topographic Features
Y
N
N
A structure or barrier where a fee is collected for using a road.
C3070 Tower/Beacon Miscellaneous Topographic Features
Y
N
Y
A manmade structure, higher than its diameter, generally used for observation, storage, or electronic transmission.
C3071 Lookout Tower Tower/Beacon
Y
N
N
A manmade structure, higher than its diameter, used for observation.
C3072 Transmission Tower including cell, radio and TV Tower/Beacon
Y
N
Y
A manmade structure, higher than its diameter, used for electronic transmission.
C3073 Water Tower Tower/Beacon
Y
N
Y
A manmade structure, higher than its diameter, used for water storage.
C3074 Lighthouse Beacon Tower/Beacon
Y
N
N
A manmade structure, higher than its diameter, used for transmission of light and possibly sound generally to aid in navigation.
C3075 Tank/Tank Farm Miscellaneous Topographic Features
Y
N
Y
One or more manmade structures, each higher than its diameter, used for liquid (other than water) or gas storage or for distribution activities.
C3076 Windmill Farm Miscellaneous Topographic Features
Y
N
Y
One or more manmade structures used to generate power from the wind.
C3077 Solar Farm Miscellaneous Topographic Features
Y
N
Y
One or more manmade structures used to generate power from the sun.
C3078 Monument or Memorial Miscellaneous Topographic Features
Y
N
N
A manmade structure to educate, commemorate, or memorialize an event, person, or feature.
C3079 Boundary Monument Point Miscellaneous Topographic Features
Y
N
N
A material object placed on or near a boundary line to preserve and identify the location of the boundary line on the ground.
C3080 Survey Control Point Miscellaneous Topographic Features
Y
N
N
A point on the ground whose position (horizontal or vertical) is known and can be used as a base for additional survey work.
C3081 Locality Point Miscellaneous Topographic Features
Y
N
N
A point that identifies the location and name of an unbounded locality (e.g., crossroad, community, populated place or locale).
C3085 Alaska Native Village Official Point Miscellaneous Topographic Features
Y
N
N
A point that serves as the core of an Alaska Native village and is used in defining Alaska Native village statistical areas.
C3088 Landfill Miscellaneous Topographic Features
Y
N
Y
A disposal facility at which solid waste is placed on or in the land.
G2100 American Indian Area American Indian, Alaska Native, Or Native Hawaiian Area
N
N
Y
A legally defined state- or federally recognized reservation and/or off-reservation trust land (excludes statistical American Indian areas).
G2101 American Indian Area (Reservation Only) American Indian, Alaska Native, Or Native Hawaiian Area
N
N
Y
American Indian Area (Reservation Only)
G2102 American Indian Area (Off-Reservation Trust Land Only) American Indian, Alaska Native, Or Native Hawaiian Area
N
N
Y
American Indian Area (Off-Reservation Trust Land Only)
G2120 Hawaiian Home Land American Indian, Alaska Native, Or Native Hawaiian Area
N
N
Y
A legal area held in trust for the benefit of Native Hawaiians.
G2130 Alaska Native Village Statistical Area American Indian, Alaska Native, Or Native Hawaiian Area
N
N
Y
A statistical geographic entity that represents the residences, permanent and/or seasonal, for Alaska Natives who are members of or receiving governmental services from the defining legal Alaska Native Village corporation.
G2140 Oklahoma Tribal Statistical Area American Indian, Alaska Native, Or Native Hawaiian Area
N
N
Y
A statistical entity identified and delineated by the Census Bureau in consultation with federally recognized American Indian tribes that have no current reservation, but had a former reservation in Oklahoma.
G2150 State-designated Tribal Statistical Area American Indian, Alaska Native, Or Native Hawaiian Area
N
N
Y
A statistical geographic entity identified and delineated for the Census Bureau by a state-appointed liaison for a state-recognized American Indian tribe that does not currently have a reservation and/or lands in trust.
G2160 Tribal Designated Statistical Area American Indian, Alaska Native, Or Native Hawaiian Area
N
N
Y
A statistical geographic entity identified and delineated for the Census Bureau by a federally recognized American Indian tribe that does not currently have a reservation and/or off-reservation trust land.
G2170 American Indian Joint Use Area American Indian, Alaska Native, Or Native Hawaiian Area
N
N
Y
An area administered jointly and/or claimed by two or more American Indian tribes.
G2200 Alaska Native Regional Corporation Tabulation Area
N
N
Y
Corporate entities established to conduct both business and nonprofit affairs of Alaska Natives pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1972 (Public Law 92-203). There are twelve geographically defined ANRCs and they are all within and cover most of the State of Alaska (the Annette Island Reserve-an American Indian reservation-is excluded from any ANRC). The boundaries of ANRCs have been legally established.
G2300 Tribal Subdivision Tabulation Area
N
N
Y
Administrative subdivisions of federally recognized American Indian reservations, off-reservation trust lands, or Oklahoma tribal statistical areas (OTSAs). These entities are internal units of self-government or administration that serve social, cultural, and/or economic purposes for the American Indians on the reservations, off-reservation trust lands, or OTSAs.
G2400 Tribal Census Tract Tabulation Area
N
N
Y
A relatively small and permanent statistical subdivision of a federally recognized American Indian reservation and/or off-reservation trust land, delineated by American Indian tribal participants or the Census Bureau for the purpose of presenting demographic data.
G2410 Tribal Block Group Tabulation Area
N
N
Y
A cluster of census blocks within a single tribal census tract delineated by American Indian tribal participants or the Census Bureau for the purpose of presenting demographic data.
G3100 Combined Statistical Area Tabulation Area
N
N
Y
A grouping of adjacent metropolitan and/or micropolitan statistical areas that have a degree of economic and social integration, as measured by commuting.
G3110 Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Area Tabulation Area
N
N
Y
An area containing a substantial population nucleus together with adjacent communities having a high degree of economic and social integration with that core, as measured by commuting. Defined using whole counties and equivalents.
G3120 Metropolitan Division Tabulation Area
N
N
Y
A county or grouping of counties that is a subdivision of a Metropolitan Statistical Area containing an urbanized area with a population of 2.5 million or more.
G3200 Combined New England City and Town Area Tabulation Area
N
N
Y
A grouping of adjacent New England city and town areas that have a degree of economic and social integration, as measured by commuting.
G3210 New England City and Town Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Area Tabulation Area
N
N
Y
An area containing a substantial population nucleus together with adjacent communities having a high degree of economic and social integration with that core, as measured by commuting. Defined using Minor Civil Divisions (MCDs) in New England.
G3220 New England City and Town Division Tabulation Area
N
N
Y
A grouping of cities and towns in New England that is a subdivision of a New England City and Town Area containing an urbanized area with a population of 2.5 million or more.
G3500 Urban Area Tabulation Area
N
N
Y
Densely settled territory that contains at least 2,500 people. The subtypes of this feature are Urbanized Area (UA), which consists of 50,000 + people and Urban Cluster, which ranges between 2,500 and 49,999 people.
G4000 State or Equivalent Feature Tabulation Area
N
N
Y
The primary governmental divisions of the United States. The District of Columbia is treated as a statistical equivalent of a state for census purposes, as is Puerto Rico.
G4020 County or Equivalent Feature Tabulation Area
N
N
Y
The primary division of a state or state equivalent area. The primary divisions of 48 states are termed County, but other terms are used such as Borough in Alaska, Parish in Louisiana, and Municipio in Puerto Rico. This feature includes independent cities, which are incorporated places that are not part of any county.
G4040 County Subdivision Tabulation Area
N
N
Y
The primary divisions of counties and equivalent features for the reporting of Census Bureau data. The subtypes of this feature are Minor Civil Division, Census County Division/Census Subarea, and Unorganized Territory. This feature includes independent places, which are incorporated places that are not part of any county subdivision.
G4050 Estates Tabulation Area
N
N
Y
Estates are subdivisions of the three major islands in the United States Virgin Islands (USVI).
G4060 Subbarrio (Subminor Civil Division) Tabulation Area
N
N
Y
Legally defined divisions (subbarrios) of minor civil divisions (barrios-pueblo and barrios) in Puerto Rico.
G4110 Incorporated Place Tabulation Area
N
N
Y
A legal entity incorporated under state law to provide general-purpose governmental services to a concentration of population. Incorporated places are generally designated as a city, borough, municipality, town, village, or, in a few instances, have no legal description.
G4120 Consolidated City Tabulation Area
N
N
Y
An incorporated place that has merged governmentally with a county or minor civil division, but one or more of the incorporated places continues to function within the consolidation. It is a place that contains additional separately incorporated places.
G4210 Census Designated Place Tabulation Area
N
N
Y
A statistical area defined for a named concentration of population and the statistical counterpart of an incorporated place.
G4300 Economic Census Place Tabulation Area
N
N
Y
The lowest level of geographic area for presentation of some types of Economic Census data. It includes incorporated places, consolidated cities, census designated places (CDPs), minor civil divisions (MCDs) in selected states, and balances of MCDs or counties. An incorporated place, CDP, MCD, or balance of MCD qualifies as an economic census place if it contains 5,000 or more residents, or 5,000 or more jobs, according to the most current data available.
G5020 Census Tract Tabulation Area
N
N
Y
Relatively permanent statistical subdivisions of a County or equivalent feature delineated by local participants as part of the Census Bureau's Participant Statistical Areas Program.
G5030 Block Group Tabulation Area
N
N
Y
A cluster of census blocks having the same first digit of their four-digit identifying numbers within a Census Tract. For example, block group 3 (BG 3) within a Census Tract includes all blocks numbered from 3000 to 3999.
G5040 Tabulation Block Tabulation Area
N
N
Y
The lowest-order census defined statistical area. It is an area, such as a city block, bounded primarily by physical features but sometimes by invisible city or property boundaries. A tabulation block boundary does not cross the boundary of any other geographic area for which the Census Bureau tabulates data. The subtypes of this feature are Count Question Resolution (CQR), current, and census.
G5200 Congressional District Tabulation Area
N
N
Y
The 435 areas from which people are elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Additional equivalent features exist for state equivalents with nonvoting delegates or no representative. The subtypes of this feature are 106th, 107th, 108th, 109th, and 111th Congressional Districts, plus subsequent Congresses.
G5210 State Legislative District (Upper Chamber) Tabulation Area
N
N
Y
Areas established by a state or equivalent government from which members are elected to the upper or unicameral chamber of a state governing body. The upper chamber is the senate in a bicameral legislature, and the unicameral case is a single house legislature (Nebraska).
G5220 State Legislative District (Lower Chamber) Tabulation Area
N
N
Y
Areas established by a state or equivalent government from which members are elected to the lower chamber of a state governing body. The lower chamber is the House of Representatives in a bicameral legislature.
G5240 Voting District Tabulation Area
N
N
Y
The generic name for the geographic features, such as precincts, wards, and election districts, established by state, local, and tribal governments for the purpose of conducting elections.
G5400 Elementary School District Tabulation Area
N
N
Y
A geographic area within which officials provide public elementary grade-level educational services for residents.
G5410 Secondary School District Tabulation Area
N
N
Y
A geographic area within which officials provide public secondary grade-level educational services for residents.
G5420 Unified School District Tabulation Area
N
N
Y
A geographic area within which officials provide public educational services for all grade levels for residents.
G6100 Public-Use Microdata Area Tabulation Area
N
N
Y
A decennial census area with a population of at least 100,000 or more persons for which the Census Bureau provides selected extracts of household-level data that are screened to protect confidentiality.
G6300 Traffic Analysis District Tabulation Area
N
N
Y
An area delineated by Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and state Departments of Transportation (DOTs) for tabulating journey-to-work and place-of-work data. A Traffic Analysis District (TAD) consists of one or more Traffic Analysis Zones (TAZs).
G6320 Traffic Analysis Zone Tabulation Area
N
N
Y
An area delineated by Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and state Departments of Transportation (DOTs) for tabulating journey-to-work and place-of-work data.
G6330 Urban Growth Area Tabulation Area
N
N
Y
An area defined under state authority to manage urbanization that the U.S. Census Bureau includes in the MAF/TIGER® Database in agreement with the state.
G6340 ZIP Code Tabulation Area (Three-Digit) Tabulation Area
N
N
Y
An approximate statistical-area representation of a U.S. Postal Service (USPS) 3-digit ZIP Code service area.
G6350 Zip Code Tabulation Area (Five-Digit) Tabulation Area
N
N
Y
An approximate statistical-area representation of a U.S. Postal Service (USPS) 5-digit ZIP Code service area.
G6400 Commercial Region Tabulation Area
N
N
Y
For the purpose of presenting economic statistical data, municipios in Puerto Rico are grouped into commercial regions.
H1100 Connector Hydrographic Features
N
Y
N
A known, but nonspecific, hydrographic connection between two nonadjacent water features.
H2025 Swamp/Marsh Hydrographic Features
N
N
Y
A poorly drained wetland, fresh or saltwater, wooded or grassy, possibly covered with open water. [includes bog, cienega, marais and pocosin]
H2030 Lake/Pond Hydrographic Features
N
N
Y
A standing body of water that is surrounded by land.
H2040 Reservoir Hydrographic Features
N
N
Y
An artificially impounded body of water.
H2041 Treatment Pond Hydrographic Features
N
N
Y
An artificial body of water built to treat fouled water.
H2051 Bay/Estuary/Gulf/Sound Hydrographic Features
N
N
Y
A body of water partly surrounded by land. [includes arm, bight, cove and inlet]
H2053 Ocean/Sea Hydrographic Features
N
N
Y
The great body of salt water that covers much of the earth.
H2060 Gravel Pit/Quarry filled with water Hydrographic Features
N
N
Y
A body of water in a place or area from which commercial minerals were removed from the Earth.
H2081 Glacier Hydrographic Features
N
N
Y
A body of ice moving outward and down slope from an area of accumulation; an area of relatively permanent snow or ice on the top or side of a mountain or mountainous area. [includes ice field and ice patch]
H3010 Stream/River Hydrographic Features
N
Y
Y
A natural flowing waterway. [includes anabranch, awawa, branch, brook, creek, distributary, fork, kill, pup, rio, and run]
H3013 Braided Stream Hydrographic Features
N
Y
Y
A natural flowing waterway with an intricate network of interlacing channels.
H3020 Canal, Ditch or Aqueduct Hydrographic Features
N
Y
Y
An artificial waterway constructed to transport water, to irrigate or drain land, to connect two or more bodies of water, or to serve as a waterway for watercraft. [includes lateral]
K1121 Apartment Building or Complex Potential Living Quarters
N
N
Y
A building or group of buildings that contain multiple living quarters generally for which rent is paid.
K1223 Trailer Court or Mobile Home Park Potential Living Quarters
N
N
Y
An area in which parking space for house trailers is rented, usually providing utilities and services.
K1225 Crew-of-Vessel Location Potential Living Quarters
Y
N
Y
A point or area in which the population of military or merchant marine vessels at sea are assigned, usually being at or near the home port pier.
K1226 Housing Facility/Dormitory for Workers Potential Living Quarters
N
N
Y
A structure providing housing for a number of persons employed as semi-permanent or seasonal laborers.
K1227 Hotel, Motel, Resort, Spa, Hostel, YMCA, or YWCA Potential Living Quarters
N
N
Y
A structure providing transient lodging or living quarters, generally for some payment.
K1228 Campground Potential Living Quarters
N
N
Y
An area used for setting up mobile temporary living quarters (camp) or holding a camp meeting, sometimes providing utilities and other amenities.
K1229 Shelter or Mission Potential Living Quarters
N
N
Y
A structure providing low-cost or free living quarters established by a welfare or educational organization for the needy people of a district.
K1231 Hospital/Hospice/Urgent Care Facility Potential Living Quarters
Y
N
Y
One or more structures where the sick or injured may receive medical or surgical attention. [including infirmary]
K1233 Nursing Home, Retirement Home, or Home for the Aged Potential Living Quarters
N
N
Y
A structure to house and provide care for the elderly.
K1234 County Home or Poor Farm Potential Living Quarters
N
N
Y
One or more structures administered by a local government that serve as living quarters for the indigent.
K1235 Juvenile Institution Potential Living Quarters
N
N
Y
A facility (correctional or non-correctional) where groups of juveniles reside; this includes training schools, detention centers, residential treatment centers and orphanages.
K1236 Local Jail or Detention Center Potential Living Quarters
Y
N
Y
One or more structures that serve as a place for the confinement of adult persons in lawful detention, administered by a local (county, municipal, etc.) government.
K1237 Federal Penitentiary, State Prison, or Prison Farm Potential Living Quarters
Y
N
Y
An institution that serves as a place for the confinement of adult persons in lawful detention, administered by the federal government or a state government.
K1238 Other Correctional Institution Potential Living Quarters
Y
N
Y
One or more structures that serve as a place for the confinement of adult persons in lawful detention, not elsewhere classified or administered by a government of unknown jurisdiction.
K1239 Convent, Monastery, Rectory, Other Religious Group Quarters Potential Living Quarters
Y
N
Y
One or more structures intended for use as a residence for those having a religious vocation.
K1241 Sorority, Fraternity, or College Dormitory Potential Living Quarters
N
N
Y
One or more structures associated with a social or educational organization that serve as living quarters for college students.
K2100 Governmental Workplaces
N
N
Y
A place where employees are employed in federal, state, local, or tribal government.
K2110 Military Installation Governmental
Y
N
Y
An area owned and/or occupied by the Department of Defense for use by a branch of the armed forces (such as the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or Coast Guard), or a state owned area for the use of the National Guard.
K2146 Community Center Governmental
Y
N
Y
A meeting place used by members of a community for social, cultural, or recreational purposes.
K2165 Government Center Governmental
Y
N
Y
A place used by members of government (either federal, state, local, or tribal) for administration and public business.
K2167 Convention Center Governmental
Y
N
Y
An exhibition hall or conference center with enough open space to host public and private business and social events.
K2180 Park Governmental
N
N
Y
Parkland defined and administered by federal, state, and local governments.
K2181 National Park Service Land Park
Y
N
Y
Area—National parks, National Monuments, and so forth—under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service.
K2182 National Forest or Other Federal Land Park
Y
N
Y
Land under the management and jurisdiction of the federal government, specifically including areas designated as National Forest, and excluding areas under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service.
K2183 Tribal Park, Forest, or Recreation Area Park
Y
N
Y
A place or area set aside for recreation or preservation of a cultural or natural resource and under the administration of an American Indian tribe.
K2184 State Park, Forest, or Recreation Area Park
Y
N
Y
A place or area set aside for recreation or preservation of a cultural or natural resource and under the administration of a state government.
K2185 Regional Park, Forest, or Recreation Area Park
Y
N
Y
A place or area set aside for recreation or preservation of a cultural or natural resource and under the administration of a regional government.
K2186 County Park, Forest, or Recreation Area Park
Y
N
Y
A place or area set aside for recreation or preservation of a cultural or natural resource and under the administration of a county government.
K2187 County Subdivision Park, Forest, or Recreation Area Park
Y
N
Y
A place or area set aside for recreation or preservation of a cultural or natural resource and under the administration of a minor civil division (town/township) government.
K2188 Incorporated Place Park, Forest, or Recreation Area Park
Y
N
Y
A place or area set aside for recreation or preservation of a cultural or natural resource and under the administration of a municipal government.
K2189 Private Park, Forest, or Recreation Area Park
Y
N
Y
A privately owned place or area set aside for recreation or preservation of a cultural or natural resource.
K2190 Other Park, Forest, or Recreation Area (quasi-public, independent park, commission, etc.) Park
Y
N
Y
A place or area set aside for recreation or preservation of a cultural or natural resource and under the administration of some other type of government or agency such as an independent park authority or commission.
K2191 Post Office Governmental
Y
N
N
An official facility of the U.S. Postal Service used for processing and distributing mail and other postal material.
K2193 Fire Department Governmental
Y
N
N
Fire Department.
K2194 Police Station Governmental
Y
N
N
Police Station.
K2195 Library Governmental
Y
N
N
Library.
K2196 City/Town Hall Governmental
Y
N
N
City/Town Hall.
K2300 Commercial Workplace Workplaces
N
N
Y
A place of employment for wholesale, retail, or other trade.
K2361 Shopping Center or Major Retail Center Commercial Workplace
N
N
Y
A group of retail establishments within a planned subdivision sharing a common parking area.
K2362 Industrial Building or Industrial Park Commercial Workplace
N
N
Y
One or more manufacturing establishments within an area zoned for fabrication, construction, or other similar trades.
K2363 Office Building or Office Park Commercial Workplace
N
N
Y
One or more structures housing employees performing business, clerical, or professional services.
K2364 Farm/Vineyard/Winery/Orchard Commercial Workplace
N
N
Y
An agricultural establishment where crops are grown and/or animals are raised, usually for food.
K2366 Other Employment Center Commercial Workplace
N
N
Y
A place of employment not elsewhere classified or of unknown type.
K2400 Transportation Terminal Workplaces
Y
N
Y
A facility where one or more modes of transportation can be accessed by people or for the shipment of goods; examples of such a facility include marine terminal, bus station, train station, airport and truck warehouse.
K2424 Marina Transportation Terminal
N
N
Y
A place where privately owned, light-craft are moored.
K2432 Pier/Dock Transportation Terminal
N
Y
Y
A platform built out from the shore into the water and supported by piles. This platform may provide access to ships and boats, or it may be used for recreational purposes.
K2451 Airport or Airfield Transportation Terminal
Y
Y
Y
A manmade facility maintained for the use of aircraft. [including airstrip, landing field and landing strip]
K2452 Train Station, Trolley or Mass Transit Rail Station Transportation Terminal
Y
N
Y
A place where travelers can board and exit rail transit lines, including associated ticketing, freight, and other commercial offices.
K2453 Bus Terminal Transportation Terminal
Y
N
Y
A place where travelers can board and exit mass motor vehicle transit, including associated ticketing, freight, and other commercial offices.
K2454 Marine Terminal Transportation Terminal
Y
N
Y
A place where travelers can board and exit water transit or where cargo is handled, including associated ticketing, freight, and other commercial offices.
K2455 Seaplane Anchorage Transportation Terminal
Y
N
Y
A place where an airplane equipped with floats for landing on or taking off from a body of water can debark and load.
K2456 Airport—Intermodal Transportation Hub/Terminal Transportation Terminal
Y
N
Y
A major air transportation facility where travelers can board and exit airplanes and connect with other (i.e. non-air) modes of transportation.
K2457 Airport—Statistical Representation Transportation Terminal
N
N
Y
The area of an airport adjusted to include whole 2000 census blocks used for the delineation of urban areas.
K2458 Park and Ride Facility/Parking Lot Transportation Terminal
Y
N
Y
A place where motorists can park their cars and transfer to other modes of transportation.
K2459 Runway/Taxiway Transportation Terminal
Y
Y
Y
A fairly level and usually paved expanse used by airplanes for taking off and landing at an airport.
K2460 Helicopter Landing Pad Transportation Terminal
Y
N
Y
A fairly level and usually paved expanse used by helicopters for taking off and landing.
K2540 University or College Other Workplace
Y
N
Y
A building or group of buildings used as an institution for post-secondary study, teaching, and learning. [including seminary]
K2543 School or Academy Other Workplace
Y
N
Y
A building or group of buildings used as an institution for preschool, elementary or secondary study, teaching, and learning. [including elementary school and high school]
K2545 Museum, Visitor Center, Cultural Center, or Tourist Attraction Other Workplace
Y
N
Y
An attraction of historical, cultural, educational or other interest that provides information or displays artifacts.
K2561 Golf Course Other Workplace
Y
N
Y
A place designed for playing golf.
K2564 Amusement Center Other Workplace
N
N
Y
A facility that offers entertainment, performances or sporting events. Examples include arena, auditorium, theater, stadium, coliseum, race course, theme park, fairgrounds and shooting range.
K2582 Cemetery Other Workplace
Y
N
Y
A place or area for burying the dead. [including burying ground and memorial garden]
K2586 Zoo Other Workplace
Y
N
Y
A facility in which terrestrial and/or marine animals are confined within enclosures and displayed to the public for educational, preservation, and research purposes.
K3544 Place of Worship Other Workplace
Y
N
Y
A sanctified place or structure where people gather for religious worship; examples include church, synagogue, temple, and mosque.
L4010 Pipeline Miscellaneous Linear Features
N
Y
N
A long tubular conduit or series of pipes, often underground, with pumps and valves for flow control, used to transport fluid (e.g., crude oil, natural gas), especially over great distances.
L4020 Powerline Miscellaneous Linear Features
N
Y
N
One or more wires, often on elevated towers, used for conducting high-voltage electric power.
L4031 Aerial Tramway/Ski Lift Miscellaneous Linear Features
N
Y
N
A conveyance that transports passengers or freight in carriers suspended from cables and supported by a series of towers.
L4040 Conveyor Miscellaneous Linear Features
N
Y
N
A mechanical apparatus that uses a moving belt to transport items from one place to another.
L4110 Fence Line Miscellaneous Linear Features
N
Y
N
A man-made barrier enclosing or bordering a field, yard, etc., usually made of posts and wire or wood, used to prevent entrance, to confine, or to mark a boundary.
L4121 Ridge Line Miscellaneous Linear Features
N
Y
N
The line of highest elevation along a ridge.
L4125 Cliff/Escarpment Miscellaneous Linear Features
N
Y
N
A very steep or vertical slope. [including bluff, crag, head, headland, nose, palisades, precipice, promontory, rim and rimrock]
L4130 Point-to-Point Line Miscellaneous Linear Features
N
Y
N
A line defined as beginning at one location point and ending at another, both of which are in sight.
L4140 Property/Parcel Line (Including PLSS) Miscellaneous Linear Features
N
Y
N
This feature class may denote a nonvisible boundary of either public or private lands (e.g., a park boundary) or it may denote a Public Land Survey System or equivalent survey line.
L4150 Coastline Miscellaneous Linear Features
N
Y
N
The line that separates either land or Inland water from Coastal, Territorial or Great Lakes water. Where land directly borders Coastal, Territorial or Great Lakes water, the shoreline represents the Coastline. Where Inland water (such as a river) flows into Coastal, Territorial or Great Lakes water, the closure line separating the Inland water from the other class of water represents the Coastline.
L4165 Ferry Crossing Miscellaneous Linear Features
N
Y
N
The route used to carry or convey people or cargo back and forth over a waterbody in a boat.
R1011 Railroad Feature (Main, Spur, or Yard) Rail Features
N
Y
N
A line of fixed rails or tracks that carries mainstream railroad traffic. Such a rail line can be a main line or spur line, or part of a rail yard.
R1051 Carline, Streetcar Track, Monorail, Other Mass Transit Rail Rail Features
N
Y
N
Mass transit rail lines (including lines for rapid transit, monorails, streetcars, light rail, etc.) that are typically inaccessible to mainstream railroad traffic and whose tracks are not part of a road right-of-way.
R1052 Cog Rail Line, Incline Rail Line, Tram Rail Features
N
Y
N
A special purpose rail line for climbing steep grades that is typically inaccessible to mainstream railroad traffic. Note that aerial tramways and streetcars (which may also be called “trams”) are accounted for by other MTFCCs and do not belong in R1052.
S1100 Primary Road Road/Path Features
N
Y
N
Primary roads are generally divided, limited-access highways within the interstate highway system or under state management, and are distinguished by the presence of interchanges. These highways are accessible by ramps and may include some toll highways.
S1200 Secondary Road Road/Path Features
N
Y
N
Secondary roads are main arteries, usually in the U.S. Highway, State Highway or County Highway system. These roads have one or more lanes of traffic in each direction, may or may not be divided, and usually have at-grade intersections with many other roads and driveways. They often have both a local name and a route number.
S1400 Local Neighborhood Road, Rural Road, City Street Road/Path Features
N
Y
N
Generally a paved non-arterial street, road, or byway that usually has a single lane of traffic in each direction. Roads in this feature class may be privately or publicly maintained. Scenic park roads would be included in this feature class, as would (depending on the region of the country) some unpaved roads.
S1500 Vehicular Trail (4WD) Road/Path Features
N
Y
N
An unpaved dirt trail where a four-wheel drive vehicle is required. These vehicular trails are found almost exclusively in very rural areas. Minor, unpaved roads usable by ordinary cars and trucks belong in the S1400 category.
S1630 Ramp Road/Path Features
N
Y
N
A road that allows controlled access from adjacent roads onto a limited access highway, often in the form of a cloverleaf interchange. These roads are unaddressable.
S1640 Service Drive usually along a limited access highway Road/Path Features
N
Y
N
A road, usually paralleling a limited access highway, that provides access to structures along the highway. These roads can be named and may intersect with other roads.
S1710 Walkway/Pedestrian Trail Road/Path Features
N
Y
N
A path that is used for walking, being either too narrow for or legally restricted from vehicular traffic.
S1720 Stairway Road/Path Features
N
Y
N
A pedestrian passageway from one level to another by a series of steps.
S1730 Alley Road/Path Features
N
Y
N
A service road that does not generally have associated addressed structures and is usually unnamed. It is located at the rear of buildings and properties and is used for deliveries.
S1740 Private Road for service vehicles (logging, oil fields, ranches, etc.) Road/Path Features
N
Y
N
A road within private property that is privately maintained for service, extractive, or other purposes. These roads are often unnamed.
S1750 Internal U.S. Census Bureau use Road/Path Features
N
Y
N
Internal U.S. Census Bureau use.
S1780 Parking Lot Road Road/Path Features
N
Y
N
The main travel route for vehicles through a paved parking area.
S1820 Bike Path or Trail Road/Path Features
N
Y
N
A path that is used for manual or small, motorized bicycles, being either too narrow for or legally restricted from vehicular traffic.
S1830 Bridle Path Road/Path Features
N
Y
N
A path that is used for horses, being either too narrow for or legally restricted from vehicular traffic
S2000 Road Median Road/Path Features
N
N
Y
The unpaved area or barrier between the carriageways of a divided road.
P0001 Nonvisible Linear Legal/Statistical Boundary Bounding Edges
N
Y
N
A legal/statistical boundary line that does not correspond to a shoreline or other visible feature on the ground.
P0002 Perennial Shoreline Bounding Edges
N
Y
N
The more-or-less permanent boundary between land and water for a water feature that exists year-round.
P0003 Intermittent Shoreline Bounding Edges
N
Y
N
The boundary between land and water (when water is present) for a water feature that does not exist year-round.
P0004 Other non-visible bounding Edge (e.g., Census water boundary, boundary of an areal feature) Bounding Edges
N
Y
N
A bounding Edge that does not represent a legal/statistical boundary, and does not correspond to a shoreline or other visible feature on the ground. Many such Edges bound area landmarks, while many others separate water features from each other (e.g., where a bay meets the ocean).


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