Neighborhood by ZIP Codes
ZIP Codes are a common way to group and analyze information—from basic demographics to crime statistics. But, since the ZIP Code system was designed solely as a way to organize mail delivery by the U.S. Postal Service. ZIP Codes lack cultural and social significance. Neighborhoods, on the other hand, are highly relevant when trying to understand the social characteristics of an area. Having the ability to correlate neighborhoods by ZIP Codes and conversely, ZIP Codes by neighborhood, is extremely useful to businesses dealing with both geographic units.
As part of Maponics Neighborhood Boundaries TM, we offer a data file (Neighborhood To ZIP Code Correlation File) that correlates all neighborhoods by ZIP Code, showing each of our neighborhoods along with corresponding ZIP Codes and the percentage of geographic overlap. For instance, here is a view of the neighborhood by ZIP Code data for New York’s Soho neighborhood:
Example of Neighborhood by ZIP Codes for Soho, NY
Neighborhood ZIP Code Percentage Coverage
Soho 10012 38.3%
Soho 10013 43.7%
Soho 10014 18.0%
From this sample, you can see that ZIP Code 10014 covers 18% of the area of the Soho neighborhood.
Armed with this data for thousands of U.S. cities, Maponics Neighborhood Boundaries provides a powerful tool with which to analyze and display ZIP Code-based data in new and often more meaningful ways.