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Frequently Asked Questions




FAQ

How do I find a Census tract code for a specific street address?

  • The Census Bureau offers an Address Search tool in the American FactFinder that allows users to enter an address and then view each level of Census geography, including tract, in which the address is located.  The American FactFinder uses the 2010 address ranges in the Census Bureauís MAF/TIGER database to geocode addresses.
  • The Census Geocoder is another option that allows users to enter an address and then view the census tract in which the address is located. This tool allows users to choose the vintage of address ranges from the MAF/TIGER database to use in geocoding, including 2010 and current. In addition to single address geocoding, the Census Geocoder enables users to do batch geocoding by uploading a text file with up to 1,000 addresses.
  • If you are unable to locate your address using the American FactFinder tool or the Census Geocoder, another option is the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Councilís (FFIEC) tool, which uses a commercial database to geocode.
  • Geocoding tools are only as good as the data that they use.  While the Census Bureau works continuously to update our street and address range data, it is possible that you will find errors or missing information.  The most definitive way to determine the Census tract for a street address is to view the location on a Census tract map.  Census tracts can be viewed interactively using our TIGERweb online mapping application.  We also offer tract reference maps in PDF format for download on our website.

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