Data Releases

We're constantly working to improve our databases by looking for new sources, adding new variables, and improving the way in which we aggregate, match and clean data. Below are the releases we've made for each database.

1.78 - August 10, 2021

  • Added 2 new zip codes: 09490, 09491.
  • Dropped 7 deprecated zips: 02266, 09090, 33662, 33663, 35468, 55460, 97258.
  • Updated city, lat, lng as needed.

1.77 - April 27, 2021

  • Added 3 new zip codes: 09807, 85288, 96315.
  • Dropped 4 deprecated zips: 09616, 33661, 69190, 96501.
  • Updated city, lat, lng as needed.

1.76 - February 24, 2021

  • Added 2 new zip codes: 09135, 09287.
  • Dropped 4 deprecated zips: 17883, 27621, 55165, 55175.
  • Updated city, lat, lng as needed.
  • Fixed bug to improve county relationship fields.
  • Fixed bug in SQL file.

1.75 - January 21, 2021

  • Updated to 2019 American Community Survey data for most recent demographic variables.
  • No zips were added or removed.

1.74 - January 18, 2021

  • Added 3 new zip codes: 09291, 09292, 56973.
  • No zips were dropped.
  • Updated county relationship fields. Weighting now uses area when population weighting isn't available.
  • Updated city, lat, lng as needed.
  • Added Metropolitan statistical area relationship fields: cbsa_fips, cbsa_name, cbsa_metro, csa_fips, csa_name.

1.73 - October 26, 2020

  • Added 1 new zip codes: 09410.
  • Dropped 8 deprecated zips: 09028, 09635, 31144, 32026, 32072, 32237, 32395, 54990.
  • Updated city, lat, lng as needed.

1.72 - July 30, 2020

  • Added 6 new zip codes: 09001, 09113, 09115, 09116, 34044, 56971.
  • Dropped 7 deprecated zip codes: 06814, 06816, 06817, 09308, 80251, 83230, 90899.
  • Updated zip code city names as needed.

1.71 - February 27, 2020

  • Added 2 new zip codes: 09178 09285.
  • Dropped 10 deprecated zip codes: 09054 19088 19089 40366 55392 96538.
  • Fixed one incorrectly geocoded zip code: 11249.

1.7 - January 20, 2020

  • Added 11 new zip codes:
    09015 09103 09240 09242 09279 09283 09401 09514 09877 96311 96502.
  • Dropped 10 deprecated zip codes:
    09101 09314 17583 19080 24468 34044 34278 54472 90834 90835.
  • Moved to the 2018 American Community Survey for most demographic variables.
  • Renamed all_county_weights to county_weights for brevity.
  • Provided county_name and county_fips for all zips (previously existed only for ZCTAs).
  • Added county_name_all and county_fips_all fields.
  • Switched source for population from older Census data to 2018 ACS.

1.6 - July 11, 2019

  • Added 38 new zip codes:
    09101 09170 09171 09174 09175 09176 09241 09266 09276 09277 09278 09289 09290 09323 09456 09467 09487 09488 09489 09512 09901 09902 09903 09904 09908 09909 09910 09974 09975 09976 09977 11437 34044 34066 34067 34068 34069 72405 96539.
  • Dropped 4 deprecated zip codes:
    17354 53789 62955 63182 97313.
  • Moved to the 2017 American Community Survey for most demographic variables.
  • Moved to the 2018 Census Bureau ZCTA data.
  • Moved to 5 digits of lat/lng precision when possible.
  • Tweaked a few errors manually.

1.5 - January 15, 2019

  • Added new zip codes and removed old ones.
  • Added dozens of demographic variables (age, education, income, etc) from the ACS and IRS.
  • Added new source to improve accuracy of edge cases.
  • Added timezone.
  • Split paid products into Comprehensive, Pro, Basic.

1.74 - August 13, 2021

  • Minor update. Updated zips field using the US Zips v1.78 as an input.

1.73 - January 31, 2021

  • Updated zips field using the US Zips v1.75 as an input.
  • Updated to 2019 American Community Survey data for most recent demographic variables.
  • Added Metropolitan statistical area relationship fields: cbsa_fips, cbsa_name, cbsa_metro, csa_fips, csa_name.
  • No cities were added or removed.

1.72 - November 18, 2020

  • Minor revision to update zips field using the US Zips v1.73 as an input.
  • No cities were added or removed.

1.71 - September 14, 2020

  • Minor revision of 1.7 to fix some inconsistent ids and duplicate town entries.

1.7 - September 4, 2020

  • Switched to 2018 ACS demographic data.
  • Added township data for PA.
  • Fixed bug with minor towns on state lines.
  • Manually added some minor rural places previously excluded.
  • Switched to 2019 Census Bureau shapes for places and ZCTAs.
  • Used July 2020 input data from the USGS.
  • Used updated zip code data from July 2020.
  • Added "Township" suffix when a township shares a name with another city in the same state.

1.6 - September 11, 2019

  • Split paid products into Comprehensive, Pro, Basic.
  • Added dozens of demographic variables (age, education, income, etc) from the ACS.
  • Added tens of thousands of new less significant populated places.
  • Added townships that are functionality equivalent to towns in the Northeast.
  • Added county_name_all and county_fips_all to better account for cities that span counties.
  • Filtered out insignificant places with the same name as prominent places in the same state.

1.5 - March 28, 2019

  • Added and removed places using new Census and USPS data.
  • Fixed truncation error in SQL script.

1.4 - April 16, 2018

  • Rewrote merging code to improve coverage and accuracy.
  • Added and removed places.
  • Added fields density, timezone and incorporated.

1.3 - July, 2017

  • Added and removed places and zips.
  • Replaced population with population and population_proper.
  • Added field id.

1.1 - February 23, 2017

  • Initial release.

1.71 - August 11, 2021

  • Added county_full to make it easier to distinguish between Counties and County cities of the same name in the same state.
  • Updated zip relationships.
  • Updated BLS data.

1.7 - February 23, 2021

  • Initial release.
  • Relationships based on US Zips v1.76 and US Cities v1.73.

1.7 - October 14, 2021

  • Initial release.

1.7 - August 26, 2020

  • Initial release.
  • id's consistent with World Cities Database.
  • Substantial demographic data added from Statistics Canada.

1.74 - July 23, 2021

  • Added 19,892 new places to the database on net.
  • Substantially improved population coverage around the world.

1.73 - Novemeber 25, 2020

  • Minor update to add Vatican City, previously considered an admin area.
  • No other rows were added or removed.

1.72 - Novemeber 17, 2020

  • Adjusted naming of Russian cities to beter match international standards.
  • Fixed a few population errors in Russia and Mexico.
  • No rows were added or removed.

1.71 - October 14, 2020

  • Minor revision to remove leading and trailing whitespace from names.
  • Added missing city in Switzerland.

1.7 - October 8, 2020

  • Added and removed global places.
  • Removed duplicate places that existed in primary source.
  • Incorporated the new Canada Cities database.
  • Added admin_name_ascii and same_name fields.
  • Supplemented population data with new sources with particular improvements in: GB, AU, FR, MX, XK.

1.6 - December 4, 2019

  • Added and removed global places.
  • Incorporated much improved US Cities database.

1.5 - April 11, 2019

  • Added and removed places.

1.4 - August 28, 2018

  • Rewrote merging code to improve coverage and accuracy.
  • Added and removed places.
  • Added fields city_alt, timezone, ranking.
  • Renamed admin to admin_name to avoid conflict in MySQL.

1.3 - June 27, 2017

  • Added and removed places.
  • Replaced population with population and population_proper.

1.2 - March 29, 2017

  • Added and removed places.

1.1 - February 2, 2017

  • Added and removed places.

1.0 - December 2016

  • Created and tested internally.

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