Where can I find data for the boundary of Fort Lauderdale, Florida? I'd like to load the data into carto.com to create a map.

I looked on their gis website, but I couldn't find an outline of the city itself.

  • openstreetmap.org is always a good place to check first, though the answers below appaer better.
    – user3856
    Commented Mar 19, 2018 at 21:28
  • @BarryCarter Thanks for pointing that out. I will check their in the future. Unfortunately they don't seem to have the kind of boundary data I'm looking for. I searched for Fort Lauderdale, which it found, but without the boundary.
    – Ryan Gates
    Commented Mar 19, 2018 at 23:51
  • I'll doublecheck, but they should have everything TIGER/LINE has plus lots more.
    – user3856
    Commented Mar 20, 2018 at 2:50

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You can get political boundaries from the Florida Geographic Data Library.

Use the metadata tool: under content choose "Admin & Political Bounds", then scroll down to, for example, "CITY LIMITS - DERIVED FROM FLORIDA PARCEL DATA - 2015"

here's the metadata overview

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You can download from the TIGER Geodatabases page. Under Download State Level Geodatabases choose Florida, and then in the Incorporated_Place layer find the row with NAMELSAD = 'Fort Lauderdale city'. It looks like this, which I think is fairly accurate:

ft-lauderdale from TIGER

  • Was this map created using ESRI? What is the format of the data?
    – Ryan Gates
    Commented Mar 20, 2018 at 1:21
  • Please see the first paragraph on the linked page: TIGER Geodatabases are spatial extracts from the Census Bureau’s MAF/TIGER database for use with Esri’s ArcGIS. However, Open Source GIS such as QGIS also support the Geodatabase format.
    – GavinR
    Commented Mar 20, 2018 at 12:42

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