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All Available US Census Bureau 2003 TIGER/Line Files

Size: 4 GB (Compressed)
Format: Native TIGER format


The Census Bureau is releasing the 2003 TIGER/Line files by county or statistically equivalent entity based on the latest available governmental unit boundaries (January 1, 2003). The 2003 TIGER/Line file coverage is as follows: all counties, parishes, boroughs, census areas and equivalent entities for each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Island Areas.

Changes to File Structure
The Census Bureau has made some changes to the 2003 TIGER/Line file format. We have added some new fields to Record Type A including the new Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas (field name CBSACU), New England City and Town Areas, Metropolitan Divisions, Combined Statistical Areas, and current (post-Census 2000) 3- and 5-digit ZCTAs. Record Type E, which was not included with the 2002 TIGER/Line files, appears for the first time in the 2003 TIGER/Line files and contains the 2002 Economic Census geographic entities. The record layout for Record Type E was updated from that shown in the record layouts for the 2002 TIGER/Line files. We also have made some changes to Record Type C to include the new Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Area codes and to accomodate the inclusion of the 2002 Economic Census geography.

Feature Updates
The 2003 TIGER/Line files contain very few updates to street features or address ranges from the Census 2000 versions of the TIGER/Line files. Some additional features have been added in 124 counties or statistical equivalent entities where the Census Bureau realigned the street feature coordinates. Twenty of these counties or statistical equivalent entities with improved street feature coordinates appeared in the 2002 TIGER/Line files.

County Based Metadata
For the first time the Census Bureau is including county based Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) compliant metadata with the TIGER/Line files. The metadata, in ASCII text format, is included as part of the compressed TIGER/LIne files and uses the naming convention tgrssccc.met where "ss" is the state FIPS code and "CCC" is the county FIPS code.

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