Consolidated City—A consolidated government 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.  Consolidated cities are represented in the TIGER/Line Shapefiles by a 5 character numeric FIPS code and a National Standard (ANSI) code.  


Consolidated City (Balance) Portions refer to the areas of a consolidated city not included in another separately incorporated place.  For example, Butte-Silver Bow, MT, is a consolidated city (former Butte city and Silver Bow County) that includes the separately incorporated municipality of Walkerville city.  The area of the consolidated city that is not in Walkerville city is assigned to ButteSilver Bow (balance).  The name always includes the “(balance)” identifier.  Balance portions of consolidated cities are included in the Place shapefiles.


Consolidated City Shapefile Record Layout (Current)
tl_year_[state FIPS]_concity.shp
STATEFP2StringCurrent state FIPS code
CONCTYFP5StringCurrent consolidated city FIPS code
CONCTYNS8StringCurrent consolidated city ANSI code
GEOID7StringConsolidated city identifier; a concatenation of current state FIPS code and consolidated city FIPS code
NAME100StringCurrent consolidated city name
NAMELSAD100StringCurrent name and the translated legal/statistical area description for consolidated city
LSAD2StringCurrent legal/statistical area description code for consolidated city
CLASSFP2StringCurrent FIPS class code
MTFCC5String MAF/TIGER feature class code (G4120)
FUNCSTAT1StringCurrent functional status
ALAND14NumberCurrent land area
AWATER14NumberCurrent water area
INTPTLAT11StringCurrent latitude of the internal point
INTPTLON12StringCurrent longitude of the internal point


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