shrug-l: geocoders

Benton Belcher benton.belcher at
Mon Oct 29 15:12:22 EDT 2007

Hi Shawn,

Depending on the coverage, the number of addresses and your budget there are lots of options. Are you looking to GeoCode data for a specific county, state or the entire US?

If you are trying to geocode a large number of addresses for Florida or the US, I would recommend the Microsoft MapPoint Web Service (  The MapPoint Web Service is hosted by Microsoft and uses GeoStan from Group1 (Pitney Bowes). It is arguably the best state coverage you'll get, just short of collecting all of the Florida parcel data with the physical site addresses. The GeoStan dataset has rooftop (building footprint or parcel centriods) GeoCoding available in 16 Florida counties.  If, rooftop data isn't available, it falls back to the standard street algorithm from the other based on data from NavTeq, TeleAtlas, etc.

With MapPoint Web Service, you pay by the transaction and the price starts at approximately .0075 cents per transaction (it gets even less expensive with bulk purchases).


Benton Belcher | I.S. Consulting | Geospatial Software Specialist
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Subject: shrug-l: geocoders

Ok Guys-I may already know the answer to this but I will ask the experts anyways. Please send me your opinions on the best geo-coding tools out there. I intend on buying either reference data or a software package with data. Of course I have the entire host of ESRI tools at our shop. I know that DOH uses different software that has great results based on something that Calvin Desousa did for Wakulla county. Anyhow I would appreciate your input.

Humbly submitted,

Shawn Lewers

Shawn W. Lewers

IT Specialist/GIS Manager

Director COSSGIS Labs

College of Social Sciences

Florida State University

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