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What are Tiger/Line® Shapefiles

  • TIGER/Line® Shapefiles are spatial extracts from the Census Bureau's MAF/TIGER database, containing features such as roads, railroads, rivers, as well as legal and statistical geographic areas.
  • They are made available to the public for no charge and are typically used to provide the digital map base for a Geographic Information System or for mapping software.
  • They are designed for use with geographic information system (GIS) software. The TIGER/Line® Shapefiles do not include demographic data, but they contain geographic entity codes that can be linked to the Census Bureau's demographic data, available on this site or through the Census Burea American FactFinder

2010 Census - Redistricting (P.L. 94-171) Tiger/Line® Shapefiles

  • 2010 extracts containing geographic and cartographic information from the Census Bureau's MAF/TIGER® (Master Address File/Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing) database.
  • These files support the 2010 Census Redistricting Data (P. L. 94-171) and the National Summary File of Redistricting Data/Summary File 1 releases.
  • The files provide the digital map base for a Geographic Information System or mapping software. The files do not contain any mapping software.
  • All legal boundaries and names are as of January 1, 2010. The boundaries shown are for Census Bureau statistical data collection and tabulation purposes only; their depiction and designation for statistical purposes does not constitute a determination of jurisdictional authority or rights of ownership or entitlement.
  • The geographic entity codes needed to link the Census Bureau's demographic data to the geography are included in the files. The TIGER/Line® Shapefiles do not contain any demographic or economic data; data can be downloaded separately.

Data Downloads

  • County Shapefiles
    These files consist of one .zip file for all shapefiles within a county. For example, the file contains all layers for Harris county.
  • 2010 TIGER/Line® Shapefiles with DPSF Data Attached

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