The R Journal: article published in 2016, volume 8:2

tigris: An R Package to Access and Work with Geographic Data from the US Census Bureau
Kyle Walker , The R Journal (2016) 8:2, pages 231-242.

Abstract TIGER/Line shapefiles from the United States Census Bureau are commonly used for the mapping and analysis of US demographic trends. The tigris package provides a uniform interface for R users to download and work with these shapefiles. Functions in tigris allow R users to request Census geographic datasets using familiar geographic identifiers and return those datasets as objects of class "Spatial*DataFrame". In turn, tigris ensures consistent and high-quality spatial data for R users’ cartographic and spatial analysis projects that involve US Census data. This article provides an overview of the functionality of the tigris package, and concludes with an applied example of a geospatial workflow using data retrieved with tigris.

Received: 2016-02-28; online 2016-08-11
CRAN packages: tigris, rgdal, sp, UScensus2010, USABoundaries, choroplethr, ggplot2, sp, rappdirs, dplyr, tmap, shiny, leaflet, devtools , CRAN Task Views implied by cited CRAN packages: Spatial, SpatioTemporal, Graphics, OfficialStatistics, Phylogenetics, WebTechnologies

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  author = {Kyle Walker},
  title = {{tigris: An R Package to Access and Work with Geographic Data
          from the US Census Bureau}},
  year = {2016},
  journal = {{The R Journal}},
  url = {},
  pages = {231--242},
  volume = {8},
  number = {2}