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2009 TIGER/Line® Shapefiles

Data Size: 55GB

Download this file with information on the layers available in this set.

Individual files available in our Data Catalog at the national, state, and county level. Click here for more information.

The TIGER/Line Shapefiles are extracts of selected geographic and cartographic information from the U.S. Census Bureau's Master Address File/Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing (MAF/TIGER) database. Geographic base linear, area, and point features such as streets, railroads, rivers, lakes, and geographic area boundaries are represented in the files, as well as the polygons that make up the legal and statistical geographic areas for which the Census Bureau tabulates data. The files also contain attribute information about these features, such as names, the type of feature, address ranges for most streets, the geographic relationship to other features, and other related information. The shapefiles include information for the fifty states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Island areas (American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the United States Virgin Islands).

The TIGER/Line Shapefiles are an extract of all geographic areas for which the Census Bureau tabulates data and a selected set of attributes associated with each geographic feature. The shapefiles do not contain any sensitive data, areas used for administering censuses and surveys, or attributes used only in internal processing. The TIGER/Line Shapefiles are designed for use with geographic information system (GIS) software. For more information refer to the 2009 TIGER/Line Shapefile Technical Documentation available here.

The TIGER/Line Shapefiles contain attribute data only and do not include mapping software. They are designed for use with geographic information system (GIS) software. The TIGER/Line Shapefiles do not contain demographic data from any census or survey, but do include the geographic entity codes, which provide a link between the Census Bureau’s demographic data and the TIGER/Line Shapefiles.

Other Information

Crosswalk between Census Feature Class Codes (CFCCs) and MAF/TIGER Feature Class Codes (MTFCCs) [Excel] [TEXT]

User Notes are provided to document updates and known data errors that exist in the 2009 TIGER/Line Shapefiles.

Metadata Notes

Metadata is available in Extensible Markup Language (XML) format and included with each compressed TIGER/Line Shapefile.



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