ZIPList Can-USA Geocode TM (January 2017)
This database conveniently combines two of our other products, ZIPList5 Geocode and ZIPList Canada Geocode, into a single ZIP code database which covers both the USA and Canada in a single product.
This data file lists every active ZIP code and Postal CodeOM for both the USA and Canada. Includes latitude, longitude, city, state/province, area code, county (USA only), time zone, and daylight saving time.
You can incorporate this data into your own dealer/store locator applications to find all stores within a radius or to find the closest store. (We include the distance calculation equations.) Or use this data file with popular commercial database programs such as MS Access, dBase, Paradox, FoxPro, etc.
The City name field contains the one "preferred" city name for this particular ZIP/Postal CodeOM. This database contains only one record for each active ZIP/Postal CodeOM, and does NOT list any possible "alias" city names. If you need alias city names you should consider ZIPList Can-USA Max, which includes all of the information in this database, plus alias city names and other useful data.
Note that some city names in Quebec contain special diacritical marks. The character set employed for these characters is ISO-8859-1. An English-only version of this product is available for those applications which cannot use the French spellings.
The State/Province field contains the standard 2-character abbreviation for the state or province.
The ZIP/Postal CodeOM field contains only valid ZIP/Postal CodeOMs currently defined by the US Postal Service or Canada Post Corporation (CPC). Obsolete ZIP/Postal CodeOMs which have been "retired" from service are not included in this database.
The Area code is the "most prevalent" area code for that one Postal CodeOM. If multiple area codes apply to that one Postal CodeOM, only the primary area code is listed. Overlay area codes are not listed.
The County Name field identifies the "most prevalent" county for the 5-digit ZIP code listed in a given record. Note: This field applies to ZIP code (USA) records only. In all Canadian records this field is empty.
The Time zone field always contains the standard time zone designation for a particular Postal CodeOM. If that Postal CodeOM falls within a political entity which participates in daylight saving time (DST) during the summer months, the DST field is set to "Y". Otherwise the DST field is set to "N".
The Country field contains a single character which identifies whether the record is a USA record ("U") or a Canadian record ("C").
The latitude and longitude fields contain the geographic coordinates in degrees to four decimal places, providing a general level of accuracy of under 100 feet. For larger Canadian cities, we resolve the latitude and longitude based on the first three characters of the Postal CodeOM (known as the "Forward Sortation Area", or FSA), which corresponds to the 5-digit ZIP code level in the US. The larger Canadian cities often have more than 50 FSAs. This keeps the cost of the product within reason, yet provides a level of resolution perfect for dealer locator and store locator applications.
For rural Canadian areas, in most cases, the database contains the latitude and longitude of the center of the city or town. For villages and very small towns in close proximity the database contains the latitude and longitude of the general geographic area. In general, the latitude and longitude values relate to the geographic centroid of the ZIP code or Postal CodeOM area, not the population centroid.
The ZIP Code type field (USA only) identifies special ZIP codes used for PO Boxes, companies, or the military.
The County FIPS code (USA only) is a 5-digit numeric field containing a unique numeric identification assigned to that county by the US government. The County FIPS code field and the County Name field identify the "most prevalent" county for the 5-digit ZIP code listed in a given record.
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