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Message 00098: Re: usps.gov

> on page 103 of the pdf file below, I am somewhat unclear as to which zip+4
> and five-digit-zip I should be ordering?

It appears you want ZP215R and FD215R which is all the data as of this
month on CD-ROM.

> The order form includes a copyright agreement ... I will leave that field
> blank, give them my credit card number, and see if they ship.  If they
> charge me, you can do the paypal then.

Sounds good. I've also poked Robert to see what his status is.

> On Jul 2, 2008, at 12:14 PM, Aaron Swartz wrote:
>> So one of the things we want to do on Watchdog is let people enter
>> their zip code and find out information about their neighborhood. But,
>> outrageously, the USPS's database about which zip codes are where
>> isn't available publicly. It's another one of these absurd government
>> mail-away-for-the-DVD things. (Did they all get some memo on this or
>> something?) Anyway, it looks like a couple thousand dollars for the
>> important databases. You interested? I can PayPal the money if
>> necessary.
>> http://www.usps.com/ncsc/
>> http://www.usps.com/ncsc/addressinfo/addressinfomenu.htm
>> Manual on ordering: http://ribbs.usps.gov/files/Addressing/PUBS/AIS.pdf
>> The important things seem to be:
>> - Five-Digit ZIP ($500; lists the streets for each zip code)
>> - ZIP+4 ($900; lists the addresses for each ZIP+4 code)
>> - City State (free with the above; maps to city and state names)
>> - TIGER/ZIP+4 ($700; lets you map the zip codes with Census data)
>> Delivery Statistics ($350; lists the number of deliveries to each zip
>> code) also looks kind of interesting.