Frequently Asked Questions

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How can I find the latitude and longitude of areas such as census tracts?

The Census Bureau’s Gazetteer Files provide the internal points of various types of Census geography. They also include the land and water area; the population and housing unit counts; and the latitude and longitude for each geographic area. The post-2010 gazetteer files are available for American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian Areas, census tracts, congressional districts, counties, county subdivisions (minor civil divisions/census county divisions), places, school districts (elementary, secondary, and unified), state legislative districts (upper and lower), urban areas, and ZIP Code tabulation areas (ZCTAs). These gazetteer files match the vintage of the American Community Survey (ACS) data available from the Census Bureau for that year. Select gazetteer files are also available for 2010, 2000, and 1990 geographies.

You can also obtain latitude and longitude information using TIGERWeb. Each map view displays the latitude and longitude of the view (See “Current Extent,” located at the lower left of the map). In addition, the Census Geocoder in TIGERWeb is an address look-up tool that will convert your address to an approximate latitude/longitude. The map will automatically locate and zoom to the address that you enter.

Please direct any questions or concerns to the Geographic Customer Service Branch at, or (301) 763-1128.

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