Sunday, 24th September 2006
Need a Simple, Easy to Use Geocoder for U.S. Locations? Try This One
There are numerous geocoders out there. Some free, some fee-based. Some global. Some worldwide.
They permit a user to enter an address and/or Zip Code and get back basic geographic info like
and with the service we are going to suggest census tract info and the County FIPS Code. Here's an example, in this case for a Zip Code. Zip+4 also works. You can be as specific as a street address.
Funny, but in the past week we received three email notes looking for a suggestion for a U.S. geocoder.
Our suggestion would be to begin with a look at the geocoder from Melissa Data. It's free, easy to use, and is part (have you seen what else Melissa Data offers for free) of a superb collection of free look-up tools that Melissa provides. If you've never seen Melissa Data's free collection, it's MORE THAN worth a look.