2016 Cartographic Boundary File, Current Consolidated City for Montana, 1:500,000

Metadata Updated: May 15, 2017

The 2016 cartographic boundary shapefiles are simplified representations of selected geographic areas from the U.S. Census Bureau's Master Address File / Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing (MAF/TIGER) Database (MTDB). These boundary files are specifically designed for small-scale thematic mapping. When possible, generalization is performed with the intent to maintain the hierarchical relationships among geographies and to maintain the alignment of geographies within a file set for a given year. Geographic areas may not align with the same areas from another year. Some geographies are available as nation-based files while others are available only as state-based files.

A consolidated city is a unit of local government for which the functions of an incorporated place and its county or minor civil division (MCD) have merged. This action results in both the primary incorporated place and the county or MCD continuing to exist as legal entities, even though the county or MCD performs few or no governmental functions and has few or no elected officials. Where this occurs, and where one or more other incorporated places in the county or MCD continue to function as separate governments, even though they have been included in the consolidated government, the primary incorporated place is referred to as a consolidated city. The Census Bureau classifies the separately incorporated places within the consolidated city as place entities and creates a separate place (balance) record for the portion of the consolidated city not within any other place.

The generalized boundaries of the consolidated cities in this file are based on those as of January 1, 2016, as reported through the Census Bureau's Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS).

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Metadata Date 2017-03
Metadata Created Date May 12, 2017
Metadata Updated Date May 15, 2017
Reference Date(s) 2017-03 (publication)
Frequency Of Update notPlanned

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Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Date 2017-03
Metadata Created Date May 12, 2017
Metadata Updated Date May 15, 2017
Reference Date(s) 2017-03 (publication)
Responsible Party Unknown
Contact Email
Access Constraints Access Constraints: None, Use Constraints:The intended display scale for this file is 1:500,000. This file should not be displayed at scales larger than 1:500,000. 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 is for visual display at appropriate small scales only. Cartographic boundary files should not be used for geographic analysis including area or perimeter calculation. Files should not be used for geocoding addresses. Files should not be used for determining precise geographic area relationships.
Bbox East Long -104.039138
Bbox North Lat 49.00139
Bbox South Lat 44.358221
Bbox West Long -116.050003
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Temporal Extent Begin 2017-03
Temporal Extent End 2017-03

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