USA/Southeast/Determining Primary City Field

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Follow the checklist below step-by-step to determine whether the "Primary City" field for a segment should contain a name or be marked "None".

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Step 1 : Incorporated Municipality

Is the segment within a city on the list of legally incorporated municipalities? Click the appropriate state link below.

Is the city on one of the lists provided above?

YES: Step 1a

NO: Step 2

Step 1a - Verify City Limits

Check if your segment falls within the city limits by using the appropriate state's mapping resources below

Is the segment Within the City Limits?


NO: Step 2

Step 2 - Census Designated Place (CDP)

In the SER, only CDPs with populations great than 10,000 people are used to in the city field. CDPs are defined by the Census Bureau. CDP population statistics and CDP boundaries can be found on their website. Census Bureau Website

YES: Step 2a

NO: Step 3

Step 2a: Determine Geographic Boundaries

The geographic boundaries of CDP's can be viewed in PDF form by selecting the appropriate State, then selecting the correct county on the next page at US Census Bureau 2010 Census Tracts(Places). Alternatively, an overlay of the boundaries can be created for use in WME. One acceptable method for creating this overlay is by following the presentation Overlay CDP's on WME by t0cableguy. The PDF's or the shapefiles provided by the website are the ONLY approved source for CDP boundaries.

US Census Bureau Reference Maps

US Census Bureau 2010 Census Tracts(Places)

Is the segment within the Census Designated Place selected in Step 2, according to the files listed in Step 2a?


NO: Step 3

STEP 3 - County Property Appraiser

If you look up a parcel for the segment using the appropriate Property Appraiser's website does it list the target name as a valid address?

YES: Step 3a

NO: Step 4

Step 3a: Determine boundaries of target name Try to determine the boundaries for use of that target name by checking subsequent parcels in the area or checking county GIS sites for your state provided below.

Is the Target Name listed in one of these resources for the parcels surrounding the segment?

YES: Target Name

NO: Step 4

STEP 4 - Indian Reservations / Military Installations

Is the segment / place located on an Indian Reservation or Government Installation?

YES: Consult

NO: Step 5

STEP 5 - Other Place of Significance.

There are many other Census Designated Places and points of interest throughout the Southeast Regsion, but many are small. Does your target location have a major cultural significance (e.g. tourist attraction, county seat, travel milestone (e.g. Yeehaw Junction))?

YES: Consult

NO: No City

Options for City Name Field

Incorporated City Name

Segment is within an incorporated municipality's city limits. Use the name in the city field for the segment. City Name Here.png

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Census Designated Place(CDP)

Segment is within a Census Designated Place's(CDP) boundary. Please Use this CDP in the city field. CDP Name Here.png

NOTE: If this name is an incorporated municipality and the segment is outside its legal limits do not use it as the city name.

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Use Target Name in City Field

Segment is listed in appraisers maps as the city name for multiple parcels. Please Use this target name in the city field. Target Name Here.png

NOTE: If this name is an incorporated municipality and the segment is outside its legal limits do not use it as the city name.
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Consult Regional Managment
Listing the name of the reservation or installation in the City field may be appropriate. If you believe it may be beneficial to map, consult a State Manager or Regional Coordinator for more guidance.

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No City

Segment is not within any of the possible city name options. Please check None for the city field. Please use the USPS city name as the city in an alt name.
USPS ALT Name.png

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The following flow-chart outlines the discussion from above:

Southeast City Field Flow Chart.png