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MassGIS Data: Massachusetts Governor's Council Districts (2021)

January 2023

The Massachusetts Governor's Council Districts datalayer reflects the boundaries that went into effect beginning with the 2022 elections. Voting resources can be found on the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s website.

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.zip file (2.9 MB), with ESRI Shapefiles (arc and polygon) and ArcMap layer file (.lyr)


Staff at the Massachusetts General Court Special Joint Committee on Redistricting developed this layer. Governor Baker signed the new districts into law on November 22, 2021, with Chapter 92 of the Acts of 2021.

The name of the statewide datalayers are GOVCOUNCIL2021_POLY (polygons) and GOVCOUNCIL2021_ARC (linear features).


MassGIS downloaded the data from the Joint Committee on Redistricting website and incorporated a coastline into the polygons using 2020 TIGER/Line "faces" data downloaded from the U.S. Census Bureau. MassGIS converted the polygons to linear features to produce the _ARC feature class and added attributes to both feature classes.

The data layers are based upon 2020 U.S. Census geography and therefore will not perfectly align to MassGIS's Municipalities layer (nor any others based on it).


The GOVCOUNCIL2021_POLY attribute table has the following fields:

Field Name Width / Type Description
DIST_NUM 16 / C Numeric district code from redistricting committee
DIST_NAME 16 / C Name of district
MEMBER 2 / C Name of Councilor
PARTY 25 / C Political party of councilor


In the GOVCOUNCIL2021_ARC attribute table, the field OUTLINE is coded as follows:

  • 0 = internal district boundaries
  • 1 = state
  • 2 = coastline


MassGIS maintains the layer and will make updates as needed. Member names will not be populated until the results of the November 2022 election are certified. View the districts currently in effect.

Additional information, file formats, and PDF maps can be found on the Joint Committee on Redistricting website.

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