Thursday, December 17, 2009

Thursday Data: 2009 TIGER/Line Shapefiles

The updated TIGER/Line shapefiles for 2009 have been released by the U.S. Census Bureau.  TIGER/Line shapefiles are most commonly used as geographic boundaries for corresponding tabular data from the U.S. Census Bureau; however, they also include features such as roads, rivers, and landmarks.  The 2009 release includes boundaries for the 111th Congressional Districts along with 15 new state-based shapefiles including Metropolitan/Micropolitan Statistical Areas and 3-Digit and 5-Digit ZIP Code Tabulation Areas.  Be aware that different shapefiles are available at the national, state, and county levels.