Rural Urban Suburban Data

This database categorizes ZIP Codes into geographical areas. Each ZIP Code is classified as predominately Rural, Urban, or Suburban based on three key factors: population density (people per square mile), distance from nearest city, and size of the nearest city (suburban areas for larger cities extend greater distances). rural urban

We use Census counts and the latest estimations to calculate the population per ZIP Code based on a ZCTA (Zip Code Tabulation Area). It is an approximation of a ZIP Code derived from U.S. Census Bureau databases. We believe this database is more comprehensive than other classifications available.

This database is updated regularly as ZIP Codes are added and population updates are received. It is released quarterly. The price includes an initial download and updates made throughout the annual subscription period. Some ZIP Codes are borderline and therefore there is a degree of subjectivity inherent in this kind of database.

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  • Data Format - CSV

    Comma-Separated Values (CSV) Text File

  • 5 Digit ZIP Code

    Official U.S. Postal Service five digit ZIP Code

  • ZIP Type (Business, Military, etc.)

    U.S. Postal Service type codes:
    B = Single High-volume Address
    M = APO/FPO Military
    E = P.O. Box Only
    No value indicates standard general delivery

  • State

    Official U.S. Postal Service state abbreviation

  • County

    The name of the county in which the ZIP Code is found.

  • City

    Official city name used by the U.S. Postal Service

  • Rural Codes

    Locale Indicator:
    R=Rural ZIP Code
    U=Urban ZIP Code
    S=Suburban ZIP Code