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Measuring Distance From Territories

This is a discussion on Measuring Distance From Territories within the MP2K Magazine Articles forums, part of the Map Forums category; I'm wondering if MapPoint has a solution for the following problem. I have a series of territories based on U.S. ...

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    I'm wondering if MapPoint has a solution for the following problem. I have a series of territories based on U.S. Counties. I am importing another series of addresses to overlay on top of each territory. I need to come up with a way to deduce all the addresses that lie about 25 miles outside of the outer boundaries of my territories. Is there a program that can do this? Basically, to measure the distances of all the pushpins that lie 25 miles or more outside my boundaries and indicate it on the map. The only measuring tool I've seen even in 2006 MP is the clicker which measures one pushpin at a time. I need to do a series of them at once.

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    Re: Measuring Distance From Territories

    Wow, sorry, Malaish - I never even saw this post til now.

    Since it's possible to import the shapefiles based upon county
    from the US Census, it is also possible to draw a 25-mile perimeter
    around each county shape.

    Once the shape is closed, there are three possibilities for pushpins:

    1) Inside the county shape
    2) Inside the perimeter shape minus inside the county shape
    3) Outside the perimeter

    HTH,

    Mike Mattys

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    Re: Measuring Distance From Territories

    Mike,

    Thank you for your reply. I'm not exactly sure how to draw a perimeter exactly 25 miles outside my territory. Is this done by freeform, or automatically in a way I'm not familiar with (maybe during the import process)?

    Thanks,

    John Hayek

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    Re: Measuring Distance From Territories

    Hi John,

    An shp is made up of latitude-longitude pairs that are imported
    into MapPoint as a .Shape with vertices that have locations.

    Therefore, the perimeter may be obtained by choosing points
    25-miles from the vertices. This is code, of course.

    Mike Mattys

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