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Layer Note Format Grid
Metadata Information about Data Layers .xml or .doc NA
Orthophotography Naming Convention Explanation ---------> ImageryTileNaming.pdf
Countywide Orthophotography Color
Imagery is divided up using a grid system.
Use pdf map to find tiles --------->
“*tile*.sid” “*tile*.sdw” MrSID format.sid & .sdw (PDF Grid Map available for download)
Countywide Soils
Use pdf map to find tiles -------->
*tile*.zip Shapefile 400 Scale (PDF Grid Map available for download)
Topo: Outside Raleigh ETJ (1999)
Use pdf map to find tiles -------->
*tile*.zip Shapefile 400 Scale (PDF Grid Map available for download)
Topo: Wake County (2013) (Less Wendell)

Use pdf map to find tiles -------->
​*tile*.zip ​Shapefile ​400 Scale (PDF Grid Map available for download)
Topo: Raleigh ETJ (2012)
Use pdf map to find tiles -------->
“*tile*.zip” Shapefile 400 Scale (PDF Grid Map available for download)
Property data Use pdf map to find tiles --------> “*tile*.zip” Shapefile 400 Scale (PDF Grid Map available for download)
Shapefiles Layer Description Update Frequency

Wake_Precincts_year_mo.zip Voter Precinct Boundaries Occasionally, as needed
Wake_PollingPlaces_year_mo.zip Voter Polling Places Occasionally, as needed
Wake_House_year_mo.zip NC House Districts Occasionally, as needed
Wake_Senate_year_mo.zip NC Senate Districts Occasionally, as needed
Wake_Commissioners_year_mo.zip Wake Commissioners Districts Occasionally, as needed
Wake_SchoolBoard_year_mo.zip School Board Districts Occasionally, as needed
Wake_Congress_year_mo.zip Congressional Districts Occasionally, as needed
Wake_SuperiorCourt_year_mo.zip Judicial Districts Occasionally, as needed
Wake_Census_2000.zip 2000 Census Data No updates planned
Wake_Census_2010.zip 2010 Census Data No updates planned

Wake_Corporate_year_mo.zip Corporate Limit Boundaries Monthly
Wake_Jurisdictions_year_mo.zip Planning Jurisdictions Monthly

Wake_Property_year_mo.zip Property Boundaries with Attributes Monthly
Wake_PropertyNE_year_mo.zip NE Quadrant, Grid “QuadKey” Monthly
Wake_PropertyNW_year_mo.zip NW Quadrant Grid “QuadKey” Monthly
Wake_PropertySE_year_mo.zip SE Quadrant Grid “QuadKey” Monthly
Wake_PropertySW_year_mo.zip SW Quadrant, Grid “QuadKey” Monthly

Wake_Streets_year_mo.zip Wake County Street Network Monthly
Wake_MajorRoads_year_mo.zip Major Roads Monthly
Wake_Highways_year_mo.zip Highways Monthly
Wake_Railroads_year_mo.zip Railroads No updates planned

Wake_Zoning_year_mo.zip Wake County Zoning Occasionally, as needed
Raleigh_Zoning­_year_mo.zip City of Raleigh Zoning Monthly

Wake_HydroLine_year_mo.zip Rivers and Streams Every 5 years
Wake_HydroPoly_year_mo.zip Lakes and Ponds Every 5 years
Wake_MajorStreams_year_mo.zip Major Streams and Rivers Every 5 years
Wake_Soils_year_mo.zip Soils No Updates Planned
Wake_Floodplain_year_mo.zip Special Flood Hazard Areas No Updates Planned
Wake_Corridors_year_mo.zip Major Stream Basins No Updates Planned

Wake_PublicOpenSpace_year_mo.zip Parks and Open Space Monthly
Wake_PrivateOpenSpace_year_mo.zip Privately Owned Open Space Monthly
Wake_Greenways_year_mo.zip Existing and Proposed Greenways Occasionally, as needed

Wake_PoliceStations_year_mo.zip Police Stations Occasionally, as needed
Wake_EMS_Stations_year_mo.zip EMS Stations Occasionally, as needed
Wake_EMS_Franchise_year_mo.zip EMS Franchises Occasionally, as needed
Wake_EMS_PrimaryResponse_year_mo.zip EMS Response Areas Occasionally, as needed
Wake_FireStations_year_mo.zip Fire Stations Occasionally, as needed
Wake_FireProtection_year_mo.zip County Fire Response Areas Occasionally, as needed
Wake_FireInsurance_year_mo.zip Fire Insurance Districts Occasionally, as needed
Wake_FireResponse_year_mo.zip Fire Response Area Occasionally, as needed
Raleigh_FireResponse_year_mo.zip Fire Response Area
Raleigh Jurisdiction
Occasionally, as needed

Wake_USGS_year_mo.zip USGS Quads No Updates Planned
Wake_GRID400_year_mo.zip 400 Scale Grid No Updates Planned
Wake_GRID200_year_mo.zip 200 Scale Grid No Updates Planned
Wake_GRID100_year_mo.zip 100 Scale Grid No Updates Planned
Wake_MapKey_year_mo.zip Multiple Scale Grid No Updates Planned
Wake_QuadKey_year_mo.zip Property Quad Key No Updates Planned
Wake_OrthoKey_year.zip Orthophotography Key No Updates Planned

Wake_Subdivisions_year_mo.zip Existing and Preliminary Subdivisions Monthly
Wake_Libraries_year_mo.zip Library Locations Occasionally, as needed
Wake_Easements_year_mo.zip Major Easements with Annotation Occasionally, as needed
Wake_Schools_year_mo.zip School Locations Occasionally, as needed
Wake_Townships_year_mo.zip Townships No Updates Planned
Wake_Boundary_year_mo.zip Wake County Boundary No Updates Planned
Wake_ZipCodes_year_mo.zip Zip Codes Occasionally, as
Raleigh_Buildings_year.zip Building Footprints annually
Raleigh_Communications_year.zip Communication Features annually
Raleigh_MiscLines_year.zip Miscellaneous Line Features annually
Raleigh_MiscPolys_year.zip Miscellaneous Polygon Features annually
Raleigh_Parking_year.zip Parking Areas annually
Raleigh_Railroads_year.zip Railroads annually
Raleigh_Recreation_year.zip Recreation Areas annually
Raleigh_TrailAreas_year.zip Trail Areas annually
Raleigh_Trails_year.zip Trails annually
Raleigh_ElectricUtilities_year.zip Electric Utilities annually
Raleigh_UtilityStructures_year.zip Utility Structures annually
Raleigh_Vegetation_year.zip Vegetation annually
Raleigh_Hydrology_year.zip Hydrology Line Features annually
Raleigh_HydrologyAreas_year.zip Hydrology Polygon Features annually
Raleigh_Roads_year.zip Roads annually
Corporate Limits

Property (Parcels w/attributes)

Street Centerlines

Planning Jurisdictions