What do I use to display multiple categories at a single point? Join or Relate?

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03-10-2017 12:02 PM
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What do I use to display multiple categories at a single point? Join or Relate?  There are multiple building locations and each have multiple cost categories (electric, gas, trash, etc.).  I have a point file for the buildings and I have a table with costs.  Is this a one-to-many relationship (bldg.-to-costs)?  How do I Join or Relate these?  They also need to be labelled (I think this may be the critical point that decides which I use since it is difficult to label features with a Relate?)

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For one-to-many, it would be a relationship class or a relate. For a comparison among Relationship Class, Relate and Join, see Deciding between relationship classes, relates, and joins—Help | ArcGIS for Desktop 

There is no out-of-the-box functionality to label related table, but you could achieve it using Python.

How To: Label a related table