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07-13-2012, 09:24 PM
Does anybody have an affordable source for accurate 2010 census data for MapPoint 2013?

Eric Frost
07-14-2012, 10:40 PM
Hi RobertM and welcome to the forums!

What level of geography are you looking for? For census tract and zip code, the problem is that the definitions of these boundaries changed, so it's not just a simple matter of downloading and importing the census data, to be at least somewhat accurate, you'd have to look at Census 2010 data at the block level and aggregate to the old tract and zip code boundaries in MapPoint 2013, not exactly trivial.

Nonetheless, I've been working on stuff related to this for people already and I'm going to be borrowing a bulky workstation with 32 GB RAM next week to process the whole country, will let you know how it goes.


10-12-2012, 11:19 AM
You may have to consider alternative mapping software that does include the latest Tracts and Census demographics.

02-12-2013, 12:51 PM
You may have to consider alternative mapping software that does include the latest Tracts and Census demographics.

Does anyone have a suggested alternative to MapPoint that includes the 2010 Census geography/polygons? I am looking for something simple like MapPoint (not Arcview/MapInfo, etc...) but with updated geography. I just want to be able to create territories based on the new census geography. It's hard to believe a new version will be released without updated geography! Makes no sense.

Alternatives anyone? Thanks!

Eric Frost
02-12-2013, 05:21 PM
Well, the person above whose name is "Maptitude" is likely posting because their software has it, but not sure. :-)

I've been working on incorporating Census 2010 data including boundaries into MapPoint 2013 (in particular banking data) for some clients, but don't have a generic product ready yet.

What do you need specifically?


02-12-2013, 07:58 PM
Thanks Eric for the reply. I searched Maptitude and it appears to be a competitive product @ $695/user. Never heard of it but if they have updated census coverage than could be a solution vs MapPoint... Basically, I use MP to view hundreds of territories a 3rd party business partner maintains for our company. MapPoint provides a cleaner look at roads, water, etc.. overlayed on our territories than our partner, or other mapping products. The problem is we have converted the territories to 2010 census and MapPoint has not. I find it hard to swallow that Microsoft will be charging $250 for 2013 without the new boundaries... It might as well be called Streets & Trips and cost $20 without the new census tracts!

Eric Frost
02-12-2013, 08:59 PM
Yes, I don't know why it didn't fit into their schedule for the current MP13 product, I think they probably developed it in mid or early 2012 before the census information was public.

Manfred Sündorf
02-13-2013, 12:14 AM
Have a look this youtube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBijOaZmb1Y&feature=youtu.be&hd=1) video (MapPoint - U.S. Census Analyser - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBijOaZmb1Y&feature=youtu.be&hd=1)) . If you are interested, there is a MapPoint areamanager available for download (http://profit100.eu/download/ic-business-tools.html), which may fit what you are looking for.
Kind regards

02-13-2013, 12:41 AM
Thanks Manfred for the suggestion, the YouTube video was interesting but the example was ZIP code polygons, which could work if my territories was assigned by ZIPs. Problem is MP2013 does not inlcude the updated census tract polygons which is the issue. Thanks again for trying to help, much appreciated.

Eric has also been helpful. Problem is Microsoft had bad planning on release dates of their product. The census update is a normal process that happens every ten years so they should have delayed their product release until the updated census information was available.