The TIGER/Line Files are shapefiles and related database files (.dbf) that are an extract of selected geographic and cartographic information from the U.S. Census Bureau's Master Address File / Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing (MAF/TIGER) Database (MTDB). The MTDB represents a seamless national file with no overlaps or gaps between parts, however, each TIGER/Line File is designed to stand alone as an independent data set, or they can be combined to cover the entire nation. ZIP Code Tabulation Areas (ZCTAs) are approximate area representations of U.S. Postal Service (USPS) ZIP Code service areas that the Census Bureau creates to present statistical data from Census 2000.
The TIGER/Line Shapefile products are not copyrighted however TIGER/Line and Census TIGER are registered trademarks of the U.S. Census Bureau. These products are free to use in a product or publication, however acknowledgement must be given to the U.S. Census Bureau as the source. The boundary information in the TIGER/Line Shapefiles are for statistical data collection and tabulation purposes only; their depiction and designation for statistical purposes does not constitute a determination of jurisdictional authority or rights of ownership or entitlement and they are not legal land descriptions.Coordinates in the TIGER/Line shapefiles have six implied decimal places, but the positional accuracy of these coordinates is not as great as the six decimal places suggest.
A cadastral map is a map showing the boundaries of subdivisions of land. It is based on bearings, lengths and areas of individual tracts, for purposes of describing and recording ownership. Some areas on the cadastral map may also show topography, drainage, and other features relating to the value of the land and its uses. The cadastral map number is the first number used in the series of three numbers for determining the County Grid Number. The Cadastral Map layer is comprised of the County Cadastral Maps series that cover the entire County of Santa Clara. It contains 281 individual maps and numbered from west to east and from north to south. Cadastral Map No. 1 is in the northwest area of Santa Clara County. Each cadastral map covers approximately 150,000,000 square feet. The information on these maps were last updated about 1986-1988. A corner record is the means by which the re-establishment or rehabilitation of public land survey corners or other property corners may be made of record and brought to public attention.