On Jul 9, 2010, at 10:43 AM, tedd wrote:

At 2:07 PM +0200 7/9/10, Thijs Lensselink wrote:
On 07/07/2010 10:02 PM, tedd wrote:
Hi gang:

Does anyone have a source for a US State and City database?



Hey Tedd,

Maybe this helps. I used the data files for some other projects..



Did you look at the name of the Executive Secretary on that page? Being dyslexic, I immediately read "You Lost", which seemed ironic for the USGS.

I know I asked in my post for US State and City database and did not mention zip codes, but that was something I was after as well.

Strangely enough, the USGS states that it's the U.S. Census Bureau who keeps the zip codes. But the U.S. Census Bureau says it's the US Postal Service and the US Postal Service points to private businesses such as:


I was almost certain that the UP Postal Service had something, but I couldn't find it.

I'm not sure where I got my current database, but I think I'll just stick with it and allow the client to get a subscription for an update (if they want).

Hey tedd,

the US Postal Service does control the Zip Codes... The reason you couldn't get anything out of them is they do not publicly sell or give that data out to anyone except for a few private businesses who resell it... One of the best/cheapest sources I've found for mailing lists (it includes the actual delivery address plus the city, state, & zip) is melissadata.com.

Although it's not free nor exactly what you asked for they may be able to point you in a better direction to get exactly what you want.

If you need any additional help let me know. My day job is working directly with the post office and mailing lists :)

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