This site makes extensive use of the geographic feature names and locations as maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in the USGS Geographic Names Information System (GNIS), the official Federal database for domestic geographic feature names data as designated by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names.
The census demographic estimates and forecasts are based upon data produced by Esri. Their estimates and forecasts use the latest US Census Bureau annual American Community Survey (ACS) as a starting point. They then combine additional data from multiple sources including residential postal deliverly counts from the USPS, a time series of county-to-county migration patterns from the IRS, building permits, housing starts and local data sources that tested well against Census 2010. This balanced approach produced the most accurate estimates in a blind Vendor Accuracy Study conducted by experts in small area forecasts and error measurement.
The Demographic Data for the 2,646 North Carolina cities, towns, counties, ZIP Codes and Census Designated Places (CDPs) profiled in this gazetteer is updated annually. Last Update: July 1, 2014.
The ZIP Code maps and the data regarding the number of residential and business addresses in each ZIP Code are updated four times per year. Last Update: November 1, 2014.
The information on the 55,144 North Carolina Physical, Cultural and Historic Features is updated six times per year. Last Update: October 5, 2014.
The School Attendance Zone Maps for 1,603 North Carolina public schools are updated four times per year. Last Update: October 6, 2014.