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:

enter image description here


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.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.