Maponics Carrier Routes
and ZIP Codes

Provider: Maponics

MaponicsMaponics Carrier Routes™ is a series of map databases including carrier route and ZIP Code boundaries for the United States. These boundary files, and the associated centroid files, are critical for any organization conducting direct marketing or trying to display accurate postal boundaries via web-based applications.

Product Description

Maponics has developed a proprietary process to create carrier routes that are both accurate and visually appealing. Unlike competitor’s products that use jagged lines crossing roads, our carrier routes align well with commercial street networks.

  • Business-type routes also included
  • Continuous data maintenance
  • Centroids for “box type” or “unique” routes included
  • Many auxiliary tables available, relating carrier routes to neighborhoods, demographics, school districts, & more

Methodology

While our method is more difficult to produce than our competitors’, the results are much better:

  • Uses multiple data feeds, including USPS data, to ensure completeness
  • CASS certifiable data imported each month
  • Rigorous linkage of ZIP+4 data to every US street segment
  • Scores segments based on match rates
  • Incorporates areas cleanly without the “fake accuracy” of jagged fence-posting used by other companies
  • Absorbs invalid holes or gaps
  • Iterative feedback loop for corrections
  • Excellent replacement for former users of the Tele Atlas® Carrier Route* product

Markets/Applications

  • Target marketing to areas within a ZIP Code
  • Analyzing responses to a direct mail campaign
  • Overlaying demographics on a sub-ZIP level
  • Carrier route analytics and predictive modeling for finding the “best” carrier routes
  • Richer cartography in maps

Technical Details

  • Formats: ESRI shapefile, MapInfo TAB, Database-loadable text format (WKT), custom
  • Datum: WGS84
  • Product Version: 2008
  • Update Cycle: Quarterly

Maponics and the USPS

With over 20% of the Fortune 500™ as customers, Maponics is already the market leader in ZIP Code maps and carrier route mapping. In fact, the United States Postal Service sends their business customers to Maponics for carrier route maps and reports.

Features

Maponics Carrier Routes includes the following data files:

  • Maponics Carrier Routes – Boundaries
  • Maponics Carrier Routes – Centroids
  • Maponics ZIP Codes – Boundaries
  • Maponics ZIP Codes – Centroids
  • Maponics ZIP Codes Alternate Names

Maponics offers two versions of this product line. Both use the same robust, proprietary system for building the carrier routes but each relies on a different street network:

Maponics Carrier Routes Professional: always based on the latest TIGER street network. With the significant advances in the TIGER database, including more complete addressing and major street alignment improvements, the resulting product captures more carrier routes than any competing product.

Maponics Carrier Routes – Tele Atlas® Version: always based on the latest Dynamap street network. Perfect for organizations already using Tele Atlas’ Dynamap street networks and where detailed street alignment is critical.

Carrier Routes

Maponics Carrier Routes attempt to represent the area served by a particular mail carrier. Using multiple data sources, Maponics creates boundaries that follow roads, for both accuracy and visual appeal. Our proprietary process captures residential and business routes with the resulting product being a great resource for direct marketers.

Our process creates a single record for each carrier route feature, regardless of the number of polygons that constitute it. Such “split routes” will still contain all the necessary information to draw each polygon. In cases of split routes, the centroid file will use the center point of the largest polygon in the set.

The Boundary version includes lat/lon coordinates for every polygon vertices but only includes records for Carrier Routes that have a defined area.

The Centroid version includes all Carrier Routes, one record per, including “point type” routes such as PO Boxes and other route types for which an accurate boundary could not be defined. PO Box CRs are located at the Post Office physical location, if possible; otherwise at the ZIP centroid. If the point CR is not a PO Box, then we attempt to place it at the centroid of the street segment where we have the best match. Otherwise, we place it at the ZIP centroid.

ZIP Codes

This product includes the names and boundaries (and other attributes as Maponics may choose to provide) for postal ZIP Codes in the United States. Maponics’ proprietary process builds these polygons using multiple data sources. The ZIP Code boundaries are based off of the carrier route boundaries, using a combine/dissolve/extend approach. Because there are cases where carrier routes do not exist, the ZIP Code boundaries have been extended using a proprietary process so that ZIP Codes cover the entire US. However, there are intentional holes in the ZIP Code layer for major water and landmark areas. In all cases where carrier routes exist, the ZIP Codes share the border line with carrier routes.

There are some areas where there is not sufficient data to create ZIP Code polygons. Where possible, Maponics has created temporary ZIP Code areas and given the area a ZIP Code starting with the three digit ZIP Code followed by either an “MH” or “MX” (ex. 901MH) to differentiate area encompassed by water (“MH” ) or land (“MX”). Other such areas appear as holes. Some unique ZIP Codes might appear as polygons (for example, a university).

The Boundary version includes lat/lon coordinates for every polygon vertices but only includes records for ZIP Codes that have a defined area.

The Centroid version includes all ZIP Codes, one record per, including “point type” ZIPs such as PO Boxes. If truly a point ZIP, then we attempted to place its centroid at the Post Office or at the business’s address. For centroids of polygonal ZIP Codes, we use a modified geographic center (essentially, the geographic center but we ensure that it falls within the polygon itself). For multi-poly ZIPs, we use the modified geographic center of the largest polygon.

Description

Maponics Carrier Route Boundaries

  • 9-digit carrier route ID (combination of the ZIP Code and the CR)
  • 5-digit ZIP Code
  • 4-digit carrier route code
  • Postal Town Name, Primary
  • State Abbreviation
  • State FIPS Code
  • County FIPS code; this is the county the CR centroid falls in, not the county of the ZIP Code
  • Total count of residential deliveries in this route
  • Total count of multifamily deliveries in this route; generally analogous to apartments
  • Total count of single family deliveries in this route; generally analogous to homes
  • Total count of PO Box deliveries in this route
  • Total count of business deliveries in this route
  • Numeric value for colorization in a map, so that no two adjacent carrier routes within the state have the same color
  • Release version (e.g. 1.8.4)
  • “MULTIPOLYGON” label, followed by coordinate pairs to define polygon (longitude, latitude) – only in WKT format file

Maponics Carrier Route Centroids

  • 9-digit carrier route ID (combination of the ZIP Code and the CR)
  • 5-digit ZIP Code
  • 4-digit carrier route code
  • Postal Town Name, Primary
  • State Abbreviation
  • State FIPS Code
  • County FIPS code; this is the county the CR centroid falls in, not the county of the ZIP Code
  • Total count of residential deliveries in this route
  • Total count of multifamily deliveries in this route; generally analogous to apartments
  • Total count of single family deliveries in this route; generally analogous to homes
  • Total count of PO Box deliveries in this route
  • Total count of business deliveries in this route
  • R=rural, C=city, B=PO Box, H=highway contract, G=general delivery
  • If the CR is a “point only” CR, then this field indicates the polygonal CR it falls within
  • Release version (e.g. 1.8.4)
  • “MULTIPOINT” label, followed by the defining coordinate pair (longitude, latitude) – only in WKT format file

Maponics ZIP Code Boundaries

  • 5-digit ZIP Code
  • Postal Town Name, Primary
  • State Abbreviation
  • State FIPS Code
  • County FIPS code
  • 3-digit ZIP Code (the first 3 digits of the 5-digit ZIP Code)
  • Latitude of ZIP Code Centroid
  • Longitude of ZIP Code Centroid
  • Numeric value for colorization in a map, so that no two adjacent ZIP Codes have the same color
  • Release version (e.g. 1.8.4)
  • “MULTIPOLYGON” label, followed by coordinate pairs to define polygon (longitude, latitude) – only in WKT format file

Maponics ZIP Code Centroids

  • 5-digit ZIP Code
  • Postal Town Name, Primary
  • State Abbreviation
  • State FIPS Code
  • County FIPS code
  • 3-digit ZIP Code (the first 3 digits of the 5-digit ZIP Code)
  • Latitude of ZIP Code Centroid
  • Longitude of ZIP Code Centroid
  • If the ZIP is a “point only” ZIP, then this field indicates the polygonal ZIP it falls within
  • County Name
  • The type of ZIP Code, per one of three types:
  • NON_UNIQUE, PO_BOX, or MILITARY
  • Release version (e.g. 1.8.4)
  • “MULTIPOINT” label, followed by the defining coordinate pair (longitude, latitude) – only in WKT format file

Maponics ZIP Code Alternate Names

  • 5-digit ZIP Code
  • Each Valid Postal Town Name, listed as a separate record
  • State Abbreviation
  • Only available in delimited text format

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