TIGER: US Census Blocks

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The United States Census Bureau regularly releases a geodatabase named TIGER. This dataset contains the 2010 census blocks, roughly equivalent to a city block. There are just over 11 million polygon features covering the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Island areas.

For full technical details on all TIGER 2010 products, see the TIGER technical documentation.

Table Schema

Table Schema

Name Type Description
blockce STRING

2010 Census tabulation block number

blockid10 STRING

Block identifier: a concatenation of 2010 Census state Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) code, county FIPS code, census tract code, and tabulation block number

countyfp10 STRING

County FIPS code

housing10 DOUBLE

2010 Census number of housing units

partflg STRING

Partial block flag

pop10 DOUBLE

Population total as of 2010 census

statefp10 STRING

2010 Census state FIPS code

tractce10 STRING

2010 Census tract code

Terms of Use

Terms of Use

The U.S. Census Bureau offers some of its public data in machine-readable format via an Application Programming Interface (API). All of the content, documentation, code and related materials made available to you through the API are subject to these terms and conditions.


  • For the creation of any reports, publications, new data sets, derived products, or services resulting from the data set, users should cite the US Census Bureau.

Explore with Earth Engine

Code Editor (JavaScript)

var dataset = ee.FeatureCollection('TIGER/2010/Blocks');
var visParams = {
  min: 0,
  max: 700,
  palette: ['black', 'brown', 'yellow', 'orange', 'red']

// Turn the strings into numbers
dataset = dataset.map(function (f) {
  return f.set('pop10', ee.Number.parse(f.get('pop10')));

var image = ee.Image().float().paint(dataset, 'pop10');

Map.setCenter(-73.99172, 40.74101, 13);
Map.addLayer(image, visParams, 'TIGER/2010/Blocks');
Map.addLayer(dataset, null, 'for Inspector', false);
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Visualize as a FeatureView

A FeatureView is a view-only, accelerated representation of a FeatureCollection. For more details, visit the FeatureView documentation.

Code Editor (JavaScript)

var fvLayer = ui.Map.FeatureViewLayer('TIGER/2010/Blocks_FeatureView');

var visParams = {
  opacity: 1,
  color: {
    property: 'pop10',
    mode: 'linear',
    palette: ['black', 'brown', 'yellow', 'orange', 'red'],
    min: 0,
    max: 700

fvLayer.setName('US census blocks');

Map.setCenter(-73.99172, 40.74101, 13);
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