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Neighborhood Boundaries

How can the neighborhood hierarchy be used?

Macro neighborhoods, neighborhoods and sub neighborhoods improve a user's search with different levels of granularity. For example, Downtown Manhattan is a macro-neighborhood, the Lower East Side is a neighborhood within Downtown Manhattan and Alphabet City is a sub-neighborhood in the Lower East Side. Searches might want to cast a wide net over a general, macro-neighborhood (museums in Downtown Manhattan), or narrow focus to a small, walkable sub-neighborhood (restaurants in Alphabet City).

How can I tell what changes were made to the neighborhood database?

An optional file that lists all neighborhood database changes can be licensed. It is included in each quarterly shipment.

Where do you get your US neighborhood boundary data?

There are multiple sources for the neighborhood data including real estate agents, municipal records, local residents and other public and private resources. We also use feedback from our customers to validate boundaries and make improvements.

How often are neighborhood boundaries updated?

Neighborhood data is updated every quarter. New cities are added and refinements are made to current neighborhoods to keep current with actual boundary changes and new information.

How are neighborhood zoning types and social use designations used?

Like neighborhood hierarchy, neighborhood zoning types ( commercial, industrial, residential - subdivision, multi-family, etc.) and social use designations (e.g. cultural, retirement community)provide a great way to filter neighborhoods or add criteria to searches.

Why are non-overlapping boundaries important?

Clean, distinct boundaries align better to existing geography (streets, etc.). That enables more accurate search and provides cleaner visual results.

Which cities are available?

With new neighborhood boundaries being added every quarter, the coverage list expands frequently. To find out if neighborhoods in specific cities are available, call 800-762-5158 or email your question to

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