January 1998

Overview

These datalayers represent the municipal boundaries of the five states that border Massachusetts, plus those of Maine. The following list describes the original source and scale of the data and how MassGIS obtained them:

All six states' data were projected to the Massachusetts State Plane Mainland coordinate system, NAD83 datum, units meters, for use with all other MassGIS data. Please note that the layers vary in quality and are distributed for use only in regional mapping.

Attributes

Each layer has a polygon attribute table and/or an arc attribute table. The items for each are as follows:

Connecticut

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CTTOWNS_ARC:
FEATURE - 1 = State Boundary, 2 = Coastline, 3 = Ocean closure line, 10 = Boundary between towns in or out of the Connecticut River Basin, 11 = Town Boundaries (within CT River Basin), 12 = Town Boundaries (not within CT River Basin)

CTTOWNS_POLY:
TNA - Town name
FEATURE - Towns in the Connecticut River Basin  = 1, outside of basin = 0
ACRES - Area of town in acres

Connecticut Towns

Maine

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METOWNS_ARC:
OUTLINE - 0 = Internal town boundaries, 1 = State outline

METOWNS_POLY:
COUNTY_ID - Maine County ID
TOWN_ID - Maine Town ID
TOWN - Town name
ALT_ID - Alternate TOWN ID
CODE -
LURC -

Maine Towns

New Hampshire

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NHTOWNS_ARC:
OUTLINE - 0 = Internal town boundaries, 1 = State outline

NHTOWNS_POLY:
FIPS - Federal Information Processing Standard Census code
NAME - Town name

New Hampshire Towns

New York

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NYTOWNS_ARC:
SYM - 41 = County and state boundaries, 65 = Internal town boundaries
OUTLINE - 0 = Internal town boundaries, 1 = State outline

NYTOWNS_POLY:
LABEL - Town name
SWIS - Unique New York State municipality identification code

New York Towns

Rhode Island

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RITOWNS_ARC:
OUTLINE - 0 = Internal town boundaries, 1 = State outline
COAST - 0 = Inland boundaries, 1 = Coastline

RITOWNS_POLY:
NAME - Town name
OSP_CODE - Unique town identifier
TFIPS_CODE - Town FIPS (US Census) code
CFIPS_CODE - County FIPS (US Census) code
COUNTY - County name
LAND - Land feature (1 = land, 0 = water)

Rhode Island Towns

Vermont

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VTTOWNS_ARC:
TBLINE - 1 = State outline, 2 = County boundaries, 3 = Internal town boundaries (non-county)

VTTOWNS_POLY:
VTTOWN_ - Unique town identifier
FIPS - US Census FIPS Code
TOWNNAME - Town name
RPC - Regional Planning Commission Abbreviation

Vermont Towns

Maintenance

As stated above, MassGIS distributes these layers for use in regional mapping and does not maintain or update them. For web links to each state's GIS program, please see the Contacts page.

Last Updated 5/29/2013