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When I search for a neighborhood in Google I usually get a preview of that neighborhood on Google Maps in my search results. My question is... where do they get this data?

If it's city / county dependent then is there a good rule of thumb for finding this data?

Here's an example of what I mean:

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You can get shapefiles by county, ZIP code and census block from the US Census Bureau.

https://www.census.gov/cgi-bin/geo/shapefiles/index.php

I'm not sure if this is the same data that Google uses.

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