About Tableau Maps

Map Data Partners

Our map views and geocoding features use map data provided by the following partners:

ADCi

www.adci.com
American Digital Cartography inc. provides polygon data for filled maps at the country and state/province levels.

Claritas

Claritas Popfacts provides map overlays of U.S. demographic information such as median age, median household income, and population. Latest data set is from May, 2010.

Eurostat

www.epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu
Eurostat provides French and German country names used for geocoding. Latest data set is from April, 2011.

Free Map Tools

www.freemaptools.com
Free Map Tools provides latitude/longitude coordinates for U.K. outcodes (first segment of the postcode).

GeoNames

www.geonames.org
Geonames provides latitude/longitude coordinates for postcodes in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and New Zealand; and latitude/longitude coordinates and city names for cities with populations of 15,000 or more. Additionally, GeoNames also contributes worldwide country, state/province/administrative division, and city names in English and localized versions. Latest data set is from March, 2011.

MarketMAPS

www.marketmaps.com
MarketMAPS provides polygon data for U.S. zip codes.

Natural Earth

www.naturalearthdata.com
Natural Earth provides U.S. parks and wildlife land use data, and worldwide country and state boundary information.

OpenStreetMap

www.openstreetmap.org
Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors, CC-BY-SA
OpenStreetMap provides the following information used to create map tiles: road lines, land, land cover, and worldwide park and wildlife land use.

U.S. Census Bureau - TIGER/Line

www.census.gov/geo/www/tiger/
The 2010 U.S. Census Bureau's TIGER/Line provides U.S. country and core based statistical area (CBSA) boundaries, and labels data. Latest data set is from 2013.

Other Data Sources

To supplement the information we receive from our partners and help build our map tiles, we use data from the public domain from resources such as the CIA Factbook, Freebase, and Wikipedia. For U.S. congressional district boundaries, we use data provided by each state's redistricting commission.

In addition to the partners listed above, data for Tableau classic background maps are also provided by the following partners:

Urban Mapping

www.urbanmapping.com
Urban Mapping is Tableau's primary provider of maps. Urban Mapping collects map data, and renders and hosts servers for our map tiles.

GeoTel

www.geo-tel.com
GeoTel provides area code information for U.S. geocoding, and worldwide map boundary and label information.

Claritas

Claritas Popfacts provides map overlays of U.S. demographic information such as median age, median household income, and population. Latest data set is from May, 2010.

TTG, Inc.

www.territorymapper.com
TTG, Inc. provides U.S. zip codes that are used for map boundaries and labels.

Note: If the online maps do not meet all of your needs, Tableau also supports connections to web map services (WMS) that use 1.0.0, 1.1.0, and 1.1.1 standards. For more information about connecting to a WMS, refer to the Working with WMS Servers article.

Map Accuracy and Updates

The world is a dynamic place, and keeping up with its changes is a continuous challenge. We work diligently and do our best to ensure that our maps and geocoding data is accurate and up-to-date by collaborating with data partners who provide map data that is accurate, politically sensitive, and represents the global view of the world. We maintain this map data in the following ways:

Updates: It is our goal to update our map views and geocoding features with each major release of Tableau.

Geopolitical information: Our data partners keep a comprehensive knowledge base of the proper ways to describe and name sensitive places and work to capture any country, regional, and other geopolitical changes in the data with which they provide us. Several of our data partners, most notably GeoNames and OpenStreetMap, are community initiatives that encourage individuals to contribute suggestions and corrections.

Incorrect or missing data:

  • Geographic data that’s incorrect or not automatically recognized by Tableau in many cases can be fixed with your help. From the Map Partners section above, go to the website for the appropriate data source to see what level of community involvement the partner may offer. If appropriate, we will then receive changes that you make in our next update cycle.
  • Alternatively, you can report issues to Tableau Customer Support and we will do our best to respond to your request and include the change in our update.

Helpful Links

Explore the following Knowledge Base articles and Online Help topics to improve your experience with building map views and geocoding data:
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