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Convert older Tiger line files to shapefiles in ArcMap

Question asked by bdp3wh on Dec 19, 2016
Latest reply on Dec 20, 2016 by Dan_Patterson

I am trying to create a shapefile of zip code boundaries using the 2002 tiger/line files available here:


Index of /geo/tiger/TIGER2002 


I am relatively inexperienced with GIS, but have come across a few solutions online.  The only one that appears specific to ArcGIS is a python script (Basic Tiger Conversion—Help | ArcGIS for Desktop ).  However, when I attempt to run the script, I receive a runtime error:


Runtime error
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<string>", line 1, in <module>
  File "c:\program files (x86)\arcgis\desktop10.2\arcpy\arcpy\", line 1264, in TigerArc
    raise e
AttributeError: Object: Tool or environment <TigerArc_arc> not found


I am using ArcMap 10.2.2.  Is there an alternative way to convert these files to shapefiles in a straightforward way using ArcMap?  I would also be happy to hear suggestions regarding the error I receive, though I am not familiar at all with python.