places: Download a Census-designated places shapefile into R


Census Designated Places (CDPs) are the statistical counterparts of incorporated places, and are delineated to provide data for settled concentrations of population that are identifiable by name but are not legally incorporated under the laws of the state in which they are located.


places(state, cb = FALSE, detailed = TRUE, ...)



The two-digit FIPS code (string) of the state you want. Can also be state name or state abbreviation.


If cb is set to TRUE, download a generalized (1:500k) cartographic boundary file. Defaults to FALSE (the most detailed TIGER/Line file).


(deprecated) Setting detailed to FALSE returns a 1:500k cartographic boundary file. This parameter will be removed in a future release.


arguments to be passed to the underlying 'load_tiger' function, which is not exported. Options include refresh, which specifies whether or not to re-download shapefiles (defaults to FALSE), and year, the year for which you'd like to download data (defaults to 2015).


The boundaries usually are defined in cooperation with local or tribal officials and generally updated prior to each decennial census.

These boundaries, which usually coincide with visible features or the boundary of an adjacent incorporated place or another legal entity boundary, have no legal status, nor do these places have officials elected to serve traditional municipal functions.

CDP boundaries may change from one decennial census to the next with changes in the settlement pattern; a CDP with the same name as in an earlier census does not necessarily have the same boundary.

CDPs must be contained within a single state and may not extend into an incorporated place.

There are no population size requirements for CDPs.

See Also

Other general area functions: block_groups; blocks; counties; county_subdivisions; pumas; school_districts; states; tracts; zctas

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