Census Boundaries

Exploit the geographic limits of census dissemination to perform land use and demographic studies, as well as social, economic, and market research.

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Create thematic maps by combining census boundaries with other data

Census Boundaries represent complete political and census boundary hierarchies for Canada and the United States. They provide a visual backdrop in mapping applications for rapid land use and demographic studies, as well as social, economic, and market research.

Combine census boundaries with business, demographic, and proprietary data to create thematic maps. This will allow you to analyze trends such as sales or population growth and determine where to expand.

By enriching census boundaries with other datasets, you could also locate potential customers and manage assets, including assessing property inventory, vacancy rates, rental rates, absorption rates, etc.

Benefits of Census Boundaries

  • Conduct demographic and business analysis
  • Link census data to geographic areas using unique identifiers
  • Create new geographic areas for analysis
  • Define sales territories or service areas
  • Geocode policyholders and perform point-in-polygon analysis to determine insurance rates

Census Boundary bundles

Census Boundary Canada

Includes the following levels:

  • Provinces/Territories: all 10 provinces and 3 territories
  • Census Divisions: counties, regional districts, regional municipalities, and united counties
  • Census Metropolitan Areas/Census Agglomerations (CMA/CA): urban areas with more than 100,000 residents
  • Census Subdivisions: towns, cities, villages, townships, and Indian Reserves
  • Census Tracts: small communities with an average population of 4,000
  • Dissemination Areas (DA) with populations from 400-700 persons
  • Aggregate Dissemination Area (ADA)

Census Boundary U.S.

Includes the following individual layers or all together:

  • Census blocks
  • Census block groups
  • Census tracts
  • Counties
  • Minor civil divisions (MCDs)
  • Places
  • States

Additional resources on census data and geographies

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The U.S. Census Data 2020

Joe Francica and Gary Menger of Applied Geographic Solutions discuss the interesting findings and errors in the 2020 Census because of how the data was collected, processed, and then released for public consumption.
Listen to the podcast episode
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The Revenge of Demographics

If Census geographies are suspect and mobile movement data are subject to limited geographic extents and privacy, what’s the answer? The answer is to use both.
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FCC Continues to Map Out Broadband Data Collection

In February 2022, the US Federal Communications Commission set new guidance for delivering information regarding the availability of broadband internet services throughout the United States.
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