About Tableau Maps

Map Data Partners

Our map views and geocoding features use map data provided by the following partners:


American Digital Cartography inc. provides polygon data for filled maps at the country and state/province levels.

Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Bureau of Statistics provides mark and polygon data for Local Government Areas (including 5-digit SLA codes) and Australian Postcodes. Latest data set is from 2014.

Free Map Tools

Free Map Tools provides latitude/longitude coordinates for U.K. outcodes (first segment of the postcode).


Geonames provides latitude/longitude coordinates for postcodes in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and New Zealand; and latitude/longitude coordinates and city names for cities with populations of 15,000 or more. Additionally, GeoNames also contributes worldwide country, state/province/administrative division, and city names in English and localized versions. Latest data set is from March, 2011.


GEOFLA provides data for French départements. Latest data set is from 2014.


MarketMAPS provides polygon and point data for U.S. zip codes. Latest data set is from January, 2015.

Ministry of Statistics - SCB

SCB provides data for Swedish sveriges kommuner - municipalities, including LAU level 2 codes. Latest data set is from 2007.

Natural Earth

Natural Earth provides U.S. parks and wildlife land use data, and worldwide country and state boundary information.


Nielsen Pop-facts provides "map layer" map overlays of U.S. demographic information such as median age, median household income, and population. Growth projections are based on the data set from 2015.

Ordnance Survey

Ordnance Survey OS Open Data provides government administrative boundaries used in local and general election voting in the U.K.


OpenStreetMap provides the following information used to create map tiles: road lines, land, land cover, and worldwide park and wildlife land use. Latest data set from December, 2013.

Statistics Canada

Statistics Canada provides mark and polygon data for Canadian Forward Sortation Areas. Latest data set from 2011.

Statistics Finland

Statistics Finland provides data for Finnish seutukunta - sub-regions. Latest data set from 2014.

U.S. Census Bureau - TIGER/Line

The 2010 U.S. Census Bureau's TIGER/Line provides U.S. county and core based statistical area (CBSA) boundaries, and labels data. Information is based on the 2010 Census and was published in 2013.

Other Data Sources

To supplement the information we receive from our partners and help build our map tiles, we use data from the public domain from resources such as the CIA Factbook, Freebase, and Wikipedia. For U.S. congressional district boundaries, we use data provided by each state's redistricting commission.

Note: If the online maps do not meet all of your needs, Tableau also supports connections to web map services (WMS) that use 1.0.0, 1.1.0, and 1.1.1 standards, as well as connections to Mapbox maps (Tableau Beta only). For more information about connecting to a WMS, see the Working with WMS Servers article in the Knowledge Base.

Mapbox (Tableau Beta Only)

Mapbox lets you to create your own custom background maps or connect to ready-to-use basemaps. To learn more about Mapbox and their data providers, see the links below.

Map Accuracy and Updates

The world is a dynamic place, and keeping up with its changes is a continuous challenge. We work diligently and do our best to ensure that our maps and geocoding data is accurate and up-to-date by collaborating with data partners who provide map data that is accurate, politically sensitive, and represents the global view of the world. We maintain this map data in the following ways:

Updates: It is our goal to update our map views and geocoding features with each major release of Tableau.

Geopolitical information: Our data partners keep a comprehensive knowledge base of the proper ways to describe and name sensitive places and work to capture any country, regional, and other geopolitical changes in the data with which they provide us. Several of our data partners, most notably GeoNames and OpenStreetMap, are community initiatives that encourage individuals to contribute suggestions and corrections.

Incorrect or missing data:

  • Geographic data that’s incorrect or not automatically recognized by Tableau in many cases can be fixed with your help. From the Map Partners section above, go to the website for the appropriate data source to see what level of community involvement the partner may offer. If appropriate, we will then receive changes that you make in our next update cycle.
  • Alternatively, you can report issues to Tableau Customer Support and we will do our best to respond to your request and include the change in our update.

Helpful Links

Explore the following Knowledge Base articles and Online Help topics to improve your experience with building map views and geocoding data:
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