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.


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


Neighborhood data can be downloaded from here:


Stack Overflow: Where can I find a city/neighborhood database? has good info as well.

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