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.
|File format||CSV, Excel||CSV, Excel, SQL||CSV, Excel, SQL, Shapefile/JSON*|
|Neighborhoods in 25 largest cities||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Neighborhoods in 665 cities**||No||Yes||Yes|
|Number of entries||3,592||18,533||18,533|
|Fields (listed below)||Basic fields||All fields||All fields|
|GIS Shapes* (.shp, .json)||No||No||Yes, for over 16 thousand neighborhoods in 154 cities|
|Future updates||Not guaranteed||Included for 12 months||Included for 24 months|
|Attribution||Required||Not required||Not required|
|License||Creative Commons Attribution 4.0||Permissive, no redistribution||Permissive, no redistribution|
|Refund policy||N/A||30-day guarantee||No refunds|
|Buy Now!||Buy Now!|
*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.
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.
Here is a sample of rows from the database with some commonly used fields:
||The name of the neighborhood.|
||The name of the neighborhood's city/town.|
||The id of
||The latitude of the neighborhood.|
||The longitude of the neighborhood.|
||The state or territory's USPS postal abbreviation.|
||The name of the state or territory that contains the neighborhood.|
||The 5-digit FIPS code for the primary county. The first two digits correspond to the state's FIPS code.|
||The name of the primary county (or equivalent) that contains the neighborhood.|
||The 5-digit FIPS code for all counties that overlap the neighborhood (e.g. 04013|04021)|
||The name of all counties that overlap the neighborhood. (e.g. Maricopa|Pinal)|
||The city's time zone in the tz database format. (e.g. America/Los_Angeles)|
||A string containing all five-digit zip codes in the neighborhood, delimited by a space. Learn more.|
||A unique id for the neighborhood generated by SimpleMaps. It is consistent across releases.|
||For some cities, our data is generated from a polygon representing the city, for others we simply have a point.|
||The FIPS code for the Core Based Statistical Area (CBSA) that includes the city (if one exists).|
||The name of the CBSA (e.g. New York-Newark-Jersey City).|
||The FIPS code for the Combined Statistical Area (CSA) that includes the city (if one exists).|
||The name of the CSA (e.g. New York-Newark).|
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.
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.
Typically a few times a year. Upon purchase, you can elect to receive email alerts when we release new versions of the database.
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.
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 you use the Basic (free) database, you must link back to this page:
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.
We've published free formulas in popular programming languages. Check them out.
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.
Yes, we sell single city data as a map product.
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.