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TIGER Data Products Guide

Component ID: #ti1785299938

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 - 2018, CD 113

TIGER Geodatabases

Useful for users needing national datasets or all major boundaries 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

2013-2018

TIGER/Line with Selected Demographic and Economic Data

Data from selected attributes from the 2010 Census, 2006-2010 through 2012-2016 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 through 2010-2014 ACS 5-year estimates data profiles, CBP data.

Full detail (not generalized)

Limited

2012 CBP, 2010, 2006-2010 to 2012-2016 ACS 5-Year Estimates

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

2013-2017, 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

2013-2017

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

Current (BAS 2018), 2017 ACS, 2016 ACS, 2010 Census

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