Massachusetts Vehicle Census

The Massachusetts Vehicle Census is a catalog of information about vehicle registered in the Commonwealth from 2009 to 2014. The Vehicle Census combines information from vehicle registrations, inspection records, mileage ratings, and other sources to document the ownership and mileage history of each vehicle. It is a valuable resource for everyone seeking to understand the key factors that influence auto ownership patterns and miles driven, and will help public agencies and communities in their efforts to build a more efficient and sustainable transportation system in the Commonwealth.

The Vehicle Census is presented in two different data formats designed to protect the privacy of individual owners:

Microdata tables include information about each individual vehicle registered in Massachusetts. Each record covers a defined period of time when the specified vehicle had a unique combination of owner, garaging address, and estimated daily mileage. Therefore, each vehicle is represented in multiple records which comprise the history of that vehicle’s ownership, garaging town, and mileage over time. Additional attributes include make and model of the vehicle; model year; MSRP, estimated fuel efficiency; odometer reading at the last inspection; and characteristics of the vehicle’s garaging address.

Summary Tables compile the information about individual vehicles into summary statistics for each municipality, census tract, block group, or 250 meter grid cell. A variety of statistics are calculated for each level of geography, including total registered vehicles, average mileage per vehicle, estimated fuel consumption and emissions, and number of households. Each record in the summary tables represents a snapshot of registered vehicles at a specified point in time.

All of the publicly available data files are linked below. MAPC recommends that users begin with the Statewide Summary file (which has data for the entire Commonwealth for the entire study period) or the Municipal Summary Sample for May 2014. More advanced users can download the full time period dataset for all geographies, or the complete anonymized microdata. All downloads contain technical documentation and terms of use specifying how the data may be used. Each link will direct you to a page where you will be asked to provide your name and contact information before downloading the data.

The Massachusetts Vehicle Census was created by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, in partnership with the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles, with assistance from Central Transportation Planning Staff and Yale University, and with the generous support of the Barr Foundation. Please send direct questions, feedback, or requests for researcher-level data access to Data Services Director Tim Reardon.

Dataset Download zip file with data and documentation
Statewide Summary
2009-14
trans_mavc_public_summary_ma.zip
Municipal Summary
Sample time period May 2014
trans_mavc_public_summary_2014_q2_m.zip
Municipal Summary
2009-14
trans_mavc_public_summary_m.zip
Census 2010 Tracts Summary
2009-14
trans_mavc_public_summary_ct.zip
Census 2010 Block Groups Summary
2009-14
trans_mavc_public_summary_bg.zip
250m Grid Cells
2009-14 (zip >200MB; Data >1GB)
trans_mavc_public_summary_250m_grid.zip
250m Grid Cells
Sample time period May 2014
trans_mavc_public_summary_2014_q2_250m_grid.zip
Smoothed 250m Grid Cells
Sample time period May 2014
trans_mavc_public_summary_smooth_250m_grid.zip
Anonymized Record Level Microdata
2009-14 (zip >1GB; Data >7GB)
trans_mavc_public_microdata.zip

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MassBuilds

This dataset represents over 3,000 development project records across Massachusetts. The records represent past present and proposed development at the point level. Data was sourced through MAPC's internal research and through contributions made by municipal data stewards.

The data is used to track the region's growth and forecast its future. This database provides a unique insight into development patterns over the past ten years, and can also be used to support population and employment projections for the region.

Users can search, filter, report, download, and contribute to the dataset through MassBuilds.

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Land Surface Temperature and Vegetation Index Rasters

Data Services has created a set of rasters that show Land Surface Temperature in degrees Fahrenheit and a relative index of vegetation covering the entire MAPC region. Both rasters were derived from a LANDSAT 5 satellite image that was captured on August 30th, 2010, on a day when the high at Logan Airport was recorded at above 90 degrees. Since the number of 90 degree days in the Metro Boston area is expected to increase significantly over the coming decades, this raster provides a snapshot of conditions that will become the new normal. The vegetation index provides a relative measure, ranging from -1 to 1, of vegetation density and health. Both rasters are available at a relatively high 30 meter spatial resolution.

Both datasets were created using a methodology published here.

Download both rasters here.

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Demographic and Housing Demand Projections

MAPC's demographic projections for the region and its municipalities are used in a wide variety of contexts, from regional transportation planning to housing policy and water withdrawal permits. Our most recent official set of projections was released in January 2014 and was adopted into the 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan adopted by the MPO.

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Massachusetts Land Parcel Database

The Massachusetts Land Parcel Database is a statewide atlas of more than 2.1 million land parcel boundaries and associated tax assessor data. Working from digital parcel and assessor records created and/or standardized by MassGIS (the Commonwealth’s Office of Geographic Information), MAPC compiled data previously available only on a town-by-town basis in each of the state’s 351 municipalities. In addition, we calculated additional statistics about each parcel, including floor area ratio, assessed value per area, impervious surface, and other indicators. This dataset is a unique resource for planners, researchers, advocates, and taxpayers interested in land use, urban form, development opportunities, and tax assessment across the state.

Updated May 2017.

MAPC has currently made this data available as a single feature class within a file geodatabase and as 3 shapefiles. Due to the large size of the data (> 3GB) it is not possible to store the data in a single shapefile without corrupting the attributes. As a result the data was split into 3 shapefiles covering:

The summary documentation can be downloaded separately.

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Trailmap Database

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Contribute to this Map

We welcome contributions to this map including adding to and editing the data! We have an online editing tool available for you to use. To found out how to access the editing functions, please contact David Loutzenheiser at dloutzenheiser@mapc.org

Export GIS Data

The MAPC Trailmap database is available for download in Arcmap format for organization or agency use to create or supplement their maps.

Disclaimer

The data herein is provided for informational purposes only. MAPC makes no warranties, either expressed or implied, and assumes no responsibility for its completeness or accuracy. Users assume all responsibility and risk associated with use of the map and agree to indemnify and hold harmless MAPC with respect to any and all claims and demands that may arise resulting from use of this map.

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