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Best ZIP, Tract, and Block Group layers for AGOL

Question asked by jayrlarsenAZ on Nov 20, 2019
Latest reply on Jan 17, 2020 by PKlingman-esristaff

What are the best ZIP, Census Tract, and Block Group layers to use in AGOL?


I used to use for ZIPs the "USA ZIP Codes (2015)" layer.  Now I see that Living Atlas has what looks like Esri maintained layers for ZIP, Tract, and Block Group with no years on them.  The blurbs say they are special versions that work good on AGOL.  Is this true?  Should I use these?


In the past, I did tract uploades form Census .shp files, a pain. And didn't bother with blocks because it seemed like too much time to draw.


Will somebody at Esri say that "yes, we made these new layers, use them, we will maintain them, and not screw them up ever." for the following layers: 


I'd love to know the exact use case of these layers and their release history, if there is such a thing?