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API: Global Neighborhood Boundaries

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Last week, we kicked off a blog series featuring the Maponics Spatial API.  This week, we’ll feature the Neighborhood Boundaries dataset.  Adding neighborhood data and neighborhood boundaries to web sites and mobile apps opens up a world of possibility for real estate, search, tourism and just about any application where location context matters.  For more on how these and other industries use our data, visit our customer use case page.

The neighborhood dataset available on our API is truly unique in its size and scope.  As of the end of 2010, it contained more than 138,000 neighborhoods in thousands of cities across the globe.  That makes it the largest database of neighborhood boundary definitions ever compiled.

Here is a summary of the data available in this extensive neighborhood dataset:

  • Neighborhood Name
  • Neighborhood Boundary
  • Neighborhood Centroid
  • Neighborhood Classification*
  • Country
  • County
  • CBSA
  • MCD
  • Place

*- Data available for a subset of records.

With the combination of core data fields that contain neighborhood information along with geographic reference information (e.g. Metro) about where the neighborhood is, this dataset offers a comprehensive geo stack for developers looking to add social and cultural context.

See full dataset details here.

Developers can use a variety of methods to access neighborhood data through the API.  They can be broken down into methods that:

  • return attributes of spatial objects (getGeoAtt)
  • return an ID of a single spatial object (getGeoID)
  • return a list of IDs for multiple spatial objects (getGeoList)
  • return geographic coordinates of spatial objects (getGeoPoly)

In terms of input parameters, requests can include a simple coordinate pair (lat/lon) per request or a batch of coordinates within a single request.

With such an extensive dataset and the numerous methods to access it, the Maponics Spatial API represents a powerful addition to the developer’s toolkit.

Contact us if you would like to set up a trial for the Maponics Spatial API.