Provider: Maponics

Maponics Neighborhoods is a neighborhood map polygon database revolutionizing the way businesses conduct targeted marketing. For the first time GIS firms, mapping companies, and other businesses performing geographic analysis can incorporate neighborhood boundaries into their own maps and services at a reasonable cost.

Why Neighborhoods?

Socially and culturally, people think of city geography in terms of neighborhoods. Until now, the lack of affordable and accurate neighborhood map data has forced local search and mapping to use city name or ZIP code. For major cities, this has meant poorly targeted results spanning too broad or granular a geographic area. The result has been unsatisfied users and lost revenue. By offering the opportunity to search by neighborhood, websites are now able to provide more intuitive, relevant results.

Product Description

Covering hundreds of the top US cities, the Maponics Neighborhood Boundaries database includes all latitude and longitude coordinates for each neighborhood polygon. Unique features include:

  • Hand-drawn polygons, not aggregations of ZIP Codes or Census Tracts
  • Validated by over 1000 real estate agents
  • Continuous data maintenance
  • Ongoing addition of new cities
  • Many auxiliary tables available, relating neighborhoods to ZIP Codes, school districts, and more

The result is far more accurate and much less work than compiling this data in-house.


  • real estate firms tag properties with neighborhoods, the way buyers and sellers actually search
  • neighborhood analytics and predictive modeling for finding the “best” neighborhoods
  • mobile searches for retail and restaurant locations
  • market studies on consumer behavior by neighborhood, rather than ZIP Code or Tract
  • richer cartography in printed maps

Technical Details

  • Formats: ESRI shapefile, MapInfo TAB, Database-loadable text format (WKT), custom
  • Datum: WGS84
  • Product Version: 1.7.4
  • Update Cycle: Quarterly


Maponics Neighborhoods™ includes the following data files:

  • Maponics Neighborhoods – Boundaries
  • Maponics Neighborhoods – Centroids
  • Maponics Neighborhoods – Names Only
  • Maponics Neighborhoods – Cross Reference Files

This product line includes neighborhoods as defined by inhabitants of each particular city. Each neighborhood is hand-digitized and is not a statistical grouping of ZIP Codes or census geography. Because each city in the US has a unique mix of population, demographics, and other attributes, each city will have different answers for “what is a neighborhood?” In all cases, Maponics attempts to capture the consensus perception of the local residents in defining our neighborhood product line. Quarterly updates include new cities as Maponics rolls out additional coverage, in addition to enhancements to existing coverage.


  • Unique and permanent neighborhood id number
  • Current Neighborhood Name
  • 2005 Census Incorporated Place (or most current release) containing Neighborhood Boundary
  • 2005 Census FIPS Code
  • City “Region” Flag, alternatively known as “macro” neighborhoods – (“Y” or blank) ex. Buckhead, SouthCentral LA
  • Metropolitan Area (general assignment determined by Maponics – not based on Census. E.g. Boston would include Boston, Cambridge…)
  • State Abbreviation
  • State FIPS Code
  • County Name
  • County FIPS code
  • MCD “township” Name
  • MCD FIPS code
  • Core-Based Statistical Area (Metropolitan Statistical Area) of Neighborhood centroid
  • CBSA FIPS code
  • MICROpolitan or METROpolitan Statistical Area Designation
  • Latitude of Neighborhood Centroid
  • Longitude of Neighborhood Centroid
  • Numeric value for colorization in a map, so that no two adjacent neighborhoods have the same color
  • Product Version (ex. 1.6.0)
  • MULTIPOINT label, followed by the defining coordinate pair (longitude, latitude) – only in WKT format file

Maponics Neighborhoods – Cross Reference Files

This cross-reference file relates every neighborhood with the ZIP Codes that it “touches”. For example, if a neighborhood’s area is 30% in ZIP Code A, 69% in ZIP Code B, and 1% in ZIP Code C, then that neighborhood will appear twice in this report: once with ZIP Code A and once with ZIP Code B. [ZIP Code C is ignored because its overlap with the neighborhood is less than 5%.]

  • Maponics unique id for each neighborhood
  • Neighborhood Name
  • Current ZIP Code
  • Post Office Name assigned to ZIP Code by USPS
  • State
  • ZIP Code Type (Unique, Non-Unique, PO Box)
  • Percentage of Neighborhood with this ZIP Code
  • Total Resident Count – by ZIP Code
  • Multi Family Dwelling Unit – by ZIP Code
  • Single Family Dwelling Unit – by ZIP Code
  • Delivery Box Count – by ZIP Code
  • Business Count – by ZIP Code
  • Neighborhood Product Version
  • ZIP Code Currency

Please contact us for pricing information.

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