TIGER 2010

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TIGER 2010 is the latest release of TIGER data as of July 2011. The quality of this data has improved considerably from the TIGER 2005 data that was originally imported into OSM.

Comparing and merging with OSM

As of July 2011, there are several people interested in creating tools to facilitate comparing and merging this data with OSM. If interested, please contact the talk-us mailing list. This page will contain information on developments related to the creation of such tools. See Comparing OSM with other datasets for some ideas.

Technical information

A good source of information is the 2010 TIGER/Line Shapefiles Technical Documentation, in particular this PDF document.


The road data is available as one shapefile per county, and available via FTP:

Filenames are of the form tl_2010_xxyyy_roads.zip, where xx is the FIPS state code and yyy is the FIPS county code.

It may be worth looking at the landmark file, which contains points with MTFCC's C3061 (Cul-de-sac, highway=turning_circle), C3062 (Traffic Circle, highway=mini_roundabout), C3066 (Gate, barrier=gate), and C3067 (Toll Booth, barrier=toll_booth).

Attribute mapping for roads
MTFCC OSM tag Feature class Feature class description Notes
S1100 highway=motorway Primary Road

Primary roads are generally divided, limited-access highways within the interstate highway system or under state management, and are distinguished by the presence of interchanges. These highways are accessible by ramps and may include some toll highways.

Not to be confused with highway=primary (differing definition of primary).
S1200 highway=primary Secondary Road

Secondary roads are main arteries, usually in the U.S. Highway, State Highway or County Highway system. These roads have one or more lanes of traffic in each direction, may or may not be divided, and usually have at-grade intersections with many other roads and driveways. They often have both a local name and a route number.

Some may be considered highway=trunk or highway=secondary, needs investigation.
S1400 highway=unclassified Local Neighborhood Road, Rural Road, City Street

Generally a paved non-arterial street, road, or byway that usually has a single lane of traffic in each direction. Roads in this feature class may be privately or publicly maintained. Scenic park roads would be included in this feature class, as would (depending on the region of the country) some unpaved roads.

Some may be considered highway=tertiary
S1500 highway=track Vehicular Trail (4WD)

An unpaved dirt trail where a four-wheel drive vehicle is required. These vehicular trails are found almost exclusively in very rural areas. Minor, unpaved roads usable by ordinary cars and trucks belong in the S1400 category.

S1630 highway=motorway_link Ramp

A road that allows controlled access from adjacent roads onto a limited access highway, often in the form of a cloverleaf interchange. These roads are unaddressable.

Some may be highway=primary_link, highway=secondary_link, or highway=tertiary_link. Additional processing may be needed to determine this.
S1640 highway=service Service Drive usually along a limited access highway

A road, usually paralleling a limited access highway, that provides access to structures along the highway. These roads can be named and may intersect with other roads.

If named, these perhaps should be highway=unclassified.
S1710 highway=footway Walkway/Pedestrian Trail

A path that is used for walking, being either too narrow for or legally restricted from vehicular traffic.

Some could be considered highway=path
S1720 highway=steps Stairway

A pedestrian passageway from one level to another by a series of steps.

S1730 highway=service Alley

A service road that does not generally have associated addressed structures and is usually unnamed. It is located at the rear of buildings and properties and is used for deliveries.

Definition too general to additionally apply service=alley.
S1740 highway=service Private Road for service vehicles (logging, oil fields, ranches, etc.)

A road within private property that is privately maintained for service, extractive, or other purposes. These roads are often unnamed.

Perhaps additionally use service=driveway or access=private.
S1750 N/A Internal U.S. Census Bureau use. Internal U.S. Census Bureau use. Ignore, or investigate actual use.
S1780 highway=service Parking Lot Road The main travel route for vehicles through a paved

parking area.

This may not always be service=parking_aisle, needs investigation.
S1820 highway=cycleway Bike Path or Trail

A path that is used for manual or small, motorized bicycles, being either too narrow for or legally restricted from vehicular traffic.

S1830 highway=bridleway Bridle Path

A path that is used for horses, being either too narrow for or legally restricted from vehicular traffic.

S2000 N/A Road Median The unpaved area or barrier between the carriageways of a divided road.


Railways are available as one single shapefile for all of the US, and is available via FTP:

Feature Names Relationship File

According to section 6.3 of the technical documentation, "Feature Names", a separate file contains additional names that refer to the same edge (way in OSM terms). This Feature Names Relationship File, provided as one dBASE DBF file per county, contains the names and the TLID of the edge the name applies to. This allows multiple names to be assigned to the same feature, such as "Richmond Highway" and "U.S. Hwy 1". Any person that plans to import parts of TIGER/Line data into OSM should consider this file to add alt_name=* and ref=* tags as appropriate.

Attribute mapping

In 2007 the TIGER attributes changed substantially, including a move to using MTFCC (MAF/TIGER Feature Class Code) classifier codes instead of CFCC (Census Feature Class Code). As a result, a new mapping should be established. A possible starting point can be found here on the TIGER 2009 page, though there are some errors in that document.

Appendix F of the 2010 Tiger/Line Shapefiles Technical Documentation lists all MTFCC definitions.


  • CFCC: Census Feature Class Code (now deprecated in favor of MTFCC)
  • FIPS: Federal Information Processing Standards
  • MAF: U.S. Census Bureau Master Address File
  • MTFCC: MAF/TIGER Feature Class Code (supersedes CFCC)
  • TLID: TIGER/Line identifier (Permanent edge identifier)
  • TIGER: U.S. Census Bureau Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing database
  • TIGER/Line: extracts of selected geographic and cartographic information from the MAF/TIGER database

Better data than TIGER

Please note that some states and counties have higher quality and more recent data than TIGER, so please check the specific area before assuming TIGER has the best data. One such state is Virginia, which releases their road centerline data on a quarterly basis.

See also

External links