TIGER: US Census Roads

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This United States Census Bureau TIGER dataset contains all road segments from the 2016 release, containing more than 19 million individual line features covering the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Island Areas. Each feature represents a road segment geometry (a single navigable linear path connected to at least one intersection).

For full technical details on all TIGER 2016 products, see the TIGER technical documentation.

Table Schema

Table Schema

Name Type Description
fullname STRING

A human-readable road name

linearid STRING

The primary identifier used to refer to this row in other TIGER products

mtfcc STRING

The road priority code, representing, e.g., primary, second, local, etc.

rttyp STRING

The route type 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 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.

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Code Editor (JavaScript)

var dataset = ee.FeatureCollection('TIGER/2016/Roads');
var roads = dataset.style({color: '#4285F4', width: 1});
Map.setCenter(-73.99172, 40.74101, 12);
Map.addLayer(roads, {}, 'TIGER/2016/Roads');
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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/2016/Roads_FeatureView');

var visParams = {
  color: '4285f4'

fvLayer.setName('US census roads');

Map.setCenter(-73.99172, 40.74101, 14);
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