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What is an MSA?

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What is an MSA?

Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Here is a download for a good 'Urban Areas' shapfile that I use frequently. I have no idea where it's from :P

http://www.mediafire.com/?dtztzmoc0fp

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For free US neighborhoods, see Zillow's.

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For Canada, you can download for free boundary files for provinces, census metropolitan areas and census subdivisions (municipalities) from Statistics Canada:
http://www12.statcan...d-limit-eng.cfm
You have to pay for smaller geographies.

You can also get a free Road Network File for all of Canada here:
http://geodepot.stat...2006_05-eng.jsp
But while it maps the roads properly, the data file it doesn't list the municipality or province so for geocoding it is suboptimal to say the least. You can buy from Stats Can a more complete and useful Road Network File but it costs $2500.

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You can also get a free Road Network File for all of Canada here:
http://geodepot.stat...2006_05-eng.jsp
But while it maps the roads properly, the data file it doesn't list the municipality or province so for geocoding it is suboptimal to say the least. You can buy from Stats Can a more complete and useful Road Network File but it costs $2500.


I think you'd be better off using the National Road Network as opposed to the Road Network File if you are looking for positional accuracy and better ability to class out the roads. The NRN doesn't have the address fields that the RNF does but is far better for positional accuracy. The NRN is available for download by province from Geobase.

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Rudy, can u please elaborate on what you mean by "The NRN doesn't have the address fields that the RNF does".

can u give some quick, sample data by what you mean please? how can u have a road without a name (if that is how I understand what you are saying).

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Rudy, can u please elaborate on what you mean by "The NRN doesn't have the address fields that the RNF does".

can u give some quick, sample data by what you mean please? how can u have a road without a name (if that is how I understand what you are saying).

You can have the road feature, that is the actual line data, with out any attributing data such as address, road hierarchy, address, etc. I think he means that while you may have the road name there is no attribute data for addressing. This picture shows some addressing attributes that could be absent from some data sources
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