Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock ( ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Skip to content

County Boundaries for Selected Items from the Census of Agriculture, 1950-2012 (COA_STCOFIPS)

Metadata Updated: October 28, 2023

This polygon shapefile provides county or county-equivalent boundaries for the conterminous United States and was created specifically for use with the data tables published as Selected Items from the Census of Agriculture for the Conterminous United States, 1950-2012 (LaMotte, 2015). This data layer is a modified version of Historic Counties for the 2000 Census of Population and Housing produced by the National Historical Geographic Information System (NHGIS) project, which is identical to the U.S. Census Bureau TIGER/Line Census 2000 file, with the exception of added shorelines. Excluded from the CAO_STCOFIPS boundary layer are Broomfield County, Colorado, Menominee County, Wisconsin, and the independent cities of Virginia with the exception of the 3 county-equivalent cities of Chesapeake City, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach. The census of agriculture was not taken in the District of Columbia for 1959, but available data indicate few if any farms in that area, the polygon was left in place to preserve the areas of the surrounding counties. Baltimore City, Maryland was combined with Baltimore County and the St. Louis City, Missouri, was combined with St. Louis County. La Paz County, Arizona was combined with Yuma County, Arizona and Cibola County, New Mexico was combined with Valencia County, New Mexico. Minor county border changes were at a level of precision beyond the scope of the data collection. A major objective of the census data tabulation is to maintain a reasonable degree of comparability of agricultural data from census to census. The tabular data collection is from 14 different censuses where definitions and data collection techniques may change over time and while the data are mostly comparable, a degree of caution should be exercised when using the data in analysis procedures. While the data are at a county-level resolution, a regional approach is more appropriate than a county-by-county analysis. The main purpose of this layer is to provide a base to generate a county raster for the allocation of agricultural census values to specific (agricultural) pixels. Vector format is provided so the raster pixel size can be user designated. References cited: LaMotte, A.E., 2015, Selected items from the Census of Agriculture at the county level for the conterminous United States, 1950-2012: U.S. Geological Survey data release, National Historical Geographic Information System, Minnesota Population Center, 2004, Historic counties for the 2000 census of population and housing: Minneapolis, MN, University of Minnesota, accessed 03/18/2013 at

Access & Use Information

Public: This dataset is intended for public access and use. License: No license information was provided. If this work was prepared by an officer or employee of the United States government as part of that person's official duties it is considered a U.S. Government Work.

Downloads & Resources


Metadata Created Date June 1, 2023
Metadata Updated Date October 28, 2023

Metadata Source

Harvested from DOI EDI

Additional Metadata

Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Created Date June 1, 2023
Metadata Updated Date October 28, 2023
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Identifier USGS:574ef8f6e4b0ee97d51a853e
Data Last Modified 20200821
Category geospatial
Public Access Level public
Bureau Code 010:12
Metadata Context
Metadata Catalog ID
Schema Version
Catalog Describedby
Harvest Object Id 08d1ec65-c428-4b55-8989-f7912000f929
Harvest Source Id 52bfcc16-6e15-478f-809a-b1bc76f1aeda
Harvest Source Title DOI EDI
Metadata Type geospatial
Old Spatial -126.65039062354,24.166402900476,-65.478515625979,49.809349210668
Publisher Hierarchy White House > U.S. Department of the Interior > U.S. Geological Survey
Source Datajson Identifier True
Source Hash 5c4a523aec596cb668b34abf8597251aca5d48d5e2a1835f940ba5f7175fd90d
Source Schema Version 1.1
Spatial {"type": "Polygon", "coordinates": -126.65039062354, 24.166402900476, -126.65039062354, 49.809349210668, -65.478515625979, 49.809349210668, -65.478515625979, 24.166402900476, -126.65039062354, 24.166402900476}

Didn't find what you're looking for? Suggest a dataset here.