About geocoding a table of addresses

Many organizations manage records of information containing locational coordinates, place-names, or addresses of customers, businesses, patients, or homeowners in databases. Converting the records into features that contain the location and spatial geometry can be done by matching the table of addresses in ArcMap, in ArcCatalog, or with a geoprocessing tool. When you geocode a table of addresses, you use a locator to create point features that represent the locations of the addresses.

Geocoding a table of addresses

After a table of addresses is geocoded, the output feature class contains a copy of the address fields from the address table. One purpose of carrying over the address fields is for rematching. The names of this set of address fields are prefixed with ARC_. When an address is modified during rematching, the new address is saved in these fields.

Alternatively, a relationship class between the input address table and output feature class can be created so that edits to the addresses in the input address table are automatically updated in the output feature class. This option is supported only if the input address table and output feature class are in the same geodatabase workspace.

In addition, here are the other fields created in the output feature class for the geocoding results:

There are also some optional fields if the Output Fields options were checked in the address locator's properties during geocoding:

Learn more about geocoding a table of addresses in ArcMap

Learn more about geocoding a table of addresses using a geoprocessing tool

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