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Seems like a lot of extra work for what could be a 5 minute geocoding exercise


I guess I'm confused. Can Manifold/MapPoint geocode if there are no ZIP codes?
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You can geocode to a city name and state name.

You could also do the join in Manifold based on the city name

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You can geocode to a city name and state name.

In Manifold, but not in ArcMAP, right?
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You can setup a geocoding service in Arcmap that only uses the city name and state fairly easily too.

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You can setup a geocoding service in Arcmap that only uses the city name and state fairly easily too.


Can you give me some hint at how? All of this is new territory for me, and the ArcMAP "Getting Started" manual says it discards state and uses ZIP code centroid to geocode. All I have is the "ESRI Data and Maps" discs that came with ArcMAP.
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1. Open ArcCatalog (the yellow cabinet icon in ArcMap)
2. Click on "Address Locators" in left nav window
3. Dbl-Click "Create New Address Locator"
4. Select "US Cities With State (File)"
5. Click OK.
6. The main thing you need to do now is select your reference table. I have an address locator called USGS Cities 2000, which uses this file: citiesx020.shp I'm pretty sure if you Google that you will find it is publicly available.
7. Also be sure to name it (first field - upper left).
8. Set other options (probably best to leave these alone for now). Click OK.

Now you have the geocoder created. Go back to ArcMap.
Go to Tools -> Geocoding -> Geocode Addresses.
Click add, click the drop-down file bar, scroll towards bottom of list, choose Address Locators. Select the one you just created. Click OK.

Now you are at the "Geocode Addresses" wizard. Select your address table. Match the city/state fields with the field names in your address table.

That's the basics!

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Look Up Address Locator in the Help Menu and check the City/State type.

You need to create a City/State Address locator and geocode against that. You will need to use the create Addres locator tool located in the geocoding toolbox. You can use the GNIS data or data that came with ARCmap.

Once you have created the address locator you can use arc tools Geocode Address tool located in the same toolbox to geocode your table.

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Thank you very much for the step by step. It worked just fine.

Is there some trick to teaching the geocoding module that ST. LOUIS is the same as SAINT LOUIS? This seems like something a "wizard" could figure out.
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