U.S. Neighborhoods Database

We're proud to offer a simple, accurate and up-to-date database of United States neighborhoods. We've built it from the ground up using authoritative sources such local GIS departments, the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Census Bureau, and original web research.

  • Up-to-date: Data updated as of October 14, 2021.
  • Comprehensive: Over 11,000 neighborhoods in the US.
  • Useful fields: From latitude and longitude to timezone.
  • Accurate: Aggregated and cleaned from official sources.
  • Simple: A single CSV file, concise field names, only one entry per neighborhood.

Databases

BasicProComprehensive
Commercial useAllowedAllowedAllowed
File formatCSV, ExcelCSV, Excel, SQLCSV, Excel, SQL, Shapefile/JSON*
Neighborhoods in 25 largest citiesYesYesYes
Neighborhoods in 625 cities**NoYesYes
Number of entries3,59211,78811,788
Fields (listed below)Basic fieldsAll fieldsAll fields
GIS Shapes* (.shp, .json)NoNoYes, for over 9 thousand neighborhoods in 82 cities
Future updatesNot guaranteedIncluded for 12 monthsIncluded for 24 months
AttributionRequiredNot requiredNot required
LicenseCreative Commons Attribution 4.0Permissive, no redistributionPermissive, no redistribution
Refund policyN/A30-day guaranteeNo refunds
One-time feeFree$499$2,999
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*GIS shapes are provided in a single Shapefile/GeoJSON file that includes the neighborhood's id, name and shape.

**Some cities are only partially covered.


Visualization

Here is a visualization of the data in the continental United States in our paid databases:

Example of neighborhood shapes (Comprehensive version only) in NYC visualized over an OSM map.

Sample Preview

Here is a sample of rows from the database with some commonly used fields:


All Fields

fieldname description Basic Pro Comp.
neighborhood The name of the neighborhood.
neighborhood_ascii neighborhood as an ASCII string.
city_name The name of the neighborhood's city/town.
city_id The id of city_name. Consistent with our US Cities Database.
lat The latitude of the neighborhood.
lng The longitude of the neighborhood.
state_id The state or territory's USPS postal abbreviation.
state_name The name of the state or territory that contains the neighborhood.
county_fips The 5-digit FIPS code for the primary county. The first two digits correspond to the state's FIPS code.
county_name The name of the primary county (or equivalent) that contains the neighborhood.
county_fips_all The 5-digit FIPS code for all counties that overlap the neighborhood (e.g. 04013|04021)
county_name_all The name of all counties that overlap the neighborhood. (e.g. Maricopa|Pinal)
timezone The city's time zone in the tz database format. (e.g. America/Los_Angeles)
zips A string containing all five-digit zip codes in the neighborhood, delimited by a space. Learn more.
id A unique id for the neighborhood generated by SimpleMaps. It is consistent across releases.
source For some cities, our data is generated from a polygon representing the city, for others we simply have a point.
cbsa_fips The FIPS code for the Core Based Statistical Area (CBSA) that includes the city (if one exists).
cbsa_name The name of the CBSA (e.g. New York-Newark-Jersey City).
cbsa_metro TRUE if cbsa_name is a metropolitan statistical area (MSA). FALSE if the CBSA is a micropolitan statistical area (╬╝SAs).
csa_fips The FIPS code for the Combined Statistical Area (CSA) that includes the city (if one exists).
csa_name The name of the CSA (e.g. New York-Newark).

Frequently Asked Questions

What do you consider to be a neighborhood?

A neighborhood is any named community within a city/town. Neighborhoods can overlap other neighborhoods. They can be a point or an area. They are subjective by nature, so people may disagree on neighborhood boundaries.

Do you consider subdivisions to be neighborhoods?

Sometimes. In older cities, neighborhoods tend to be well defined and we do not include subdivisions. In newer cities with less well-defined neighborhoods, we may include subdivisions as they act like neighborhoods.

Am I allowed to redistribute the database if I purchase a paid license?

No. You are not allowed to sell the database or make it publicly available. However, you can make copies and backups of the data. You are also allowed to query the database to power publicly facing applications such as a store locator. To learn more, read the full license terms.

How often do you release updates?

Typically a few times a year. Upon purchase, you can elect to receive email alerts when we release new versions of the database.

Why don't you include any demographic data like age, income, population etc.?

Typically, neighborhoods do not exist in any official capacity. Therefore, the US Census does not collect demographic data on them. However, in future releases we're hoping to create demographic estimates for our neighborhoods using Census areas that overlap the neighborhoods.

Why is this product more expensive then your other databases?

Neighborhood boundaries are not well-tracked by the federal government. So, this database has required countless errors of manual labor collecting data from local agencies, original research, and data cleaning.

Why should I trust this data?

This database was aggregated from authoritative sources and carefully processed by SimpleMaps. We've been developing and selling interactive maps to Fortune 500 companies and prominent international organizations for over 11 years. Over this time, we've learned a lot about geographic data. To get a sense of the expertise and support we offer, check out some of the testimonials from our happy customers.

If I use the free database, what type of attribution is required?

If you use the Basic (free) database, you must link back to this page:
https://simplemaps.com/data/us-neighborhoods
from a public webpage where you are using the data. If you want to use the data internally, you must link back to this page from your firm's website on a page that can be easily found though links on the root domain. The link must be clearly visible to the human eye.

How do I calculate the distance between two neighborhoods?

We've published free formulas in popular programming languages. Check them out.

How do you determine which zip codes are in a neighborhood?

Our zip code data comes from our Zip Code Database. Most zip codes are Zip Code Tabulation Areas and are represented as a geographic area. We consider a ZCTA to be part of a neighborhood if the area intersecting both the ZCTA and neighborhood is at least 10 percent of the area of either the neighborhood or the ZCTA. This means that a ZCTA can be in more than one neighborhood. If this method does not result in a zip code, we will use the closest zip in the immediate area.

I only need neighborhoods shapes for a single city, can I just buy those?

Yes, we sell single city data as a map product.

Do you have any sample data so that I can see what's included?

Yes, our neighborhood maps are generated using our neighborhood data and will give you a good sense of what's included for a given city.

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