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Mid Year Update - Data, Platform & Content

By Sahana Murthy on June 10, 2020 · Announcements

Just like that, we are at the halfway mark of a year defined by world-changing events from COVID-19 to massive demonstrations against racial injustice, and there are still six months and a US Presidential election left in 2020.

With all the intensity and uncertainty in the world, we are keeping the June update short & sweet, though please know that if our data can help you with COVID research or efforts to root out injustice in property policies you should reach out to talk (we are members of the *SafeGraph COVID-19 Data Consortium* and working on reforms to issues like * Detroit’s destructive tax foreclosure policies* remains an abiding interest as it has for years).

Let’s dive right into it then:

Product Updates:

3. US Virgin Islands - We were finally & magically able to add US virgin islands parcel data to our dataset, mapping platform and the data store. We added updated Puerto Rico data too last month. Lots more of the missing counties in our dataset will be coming soon. You can check out the US Virgin Islands on our data store if you are interested - https://landgrid.com/store/us/vi

2. Print PDF for Landgrid Pro - We recently added the “Print PDF Map” & "Print Parcel" feature to our Landgrid Pro subscription tier. So all Landgrid Pro users can now not only look up individual parcel information but can also print parcel info as a PDF & print the map you are viewing as well. 

Not using Landgrid Pro yet? You can sign up here - https://landgrid.com/plans

3. Upcoming updates - We have a lot of things brewing currently. So stay tuned with us for updates on our:

  • Landgrid Mobile App
  • Landgrid Tileserver
  • Key partnerships

And… Much more!

Content Updates:

We have been keeping good on our promise to you for 2020 - more tutorials and product content. Here’s what’s coming next and what we published recently:

The Talking Grid Webcasts:

1. CARTO & Data with Javier Pérez Trufero We had an amazing webcast last week with CARTO’s Head of Data - Javier Pérez Trufero about all things CARTO, location data & its relevance during COVID-19 and much much more.

Watch the full episode here - https://youtu.be/RO6Mz29TIwk

2. Upcoming - A live “The Talking Grid” webcast with our customers at Pivvot on June 26th - Register to save your spot here - https://www.crowdcast.io/e/meet-pivvot---location

Pivvot has curated a massive database of environmental, land, social and other location information – and we make it easy to access, interpret and share. Used by engineering firms, energy and transportation companies, we turn data into insights by delivering preferred routes, navigating regulatory and environmental issues, reducing risk, and providing detailed location-based awareness.

Webcasts & podcasts: 
It’s podcast & webcast season at LOVELAND. We have a host of amazing events lined up for you. 

1. CEO, Jerry Paffendorf recently joined the wonderful folks at Dynamo Metrics on their hosted podcast - “Ahead of the curve” - Listen to the fin conversation where Jerry talks about the history of parcels, the fight against blight in Detroit and the current state of the world and the company -  https://www.dynamometrics.com/ahead-of-the-curve-podcast/episode-6-jerry-paffendorf

2. Upcoming - Listen to Jerry’s wise words on the Mapscaping podcast later this month. The link will be shared as soon as the podcast's schedule is made available to us.

People of Landgrid:

Lastly, we will leave you with 2 incredible journeys & stories with our People of Landgrid articles - 

1. Michele Oberholtzer - Director of Tax Foreclosure Prevention at UCHC, in our latest POL story. A former Lovelander and now an activist for tax foreclosure prevention! A truly inspiring story.  https://landgrid.com/pages/michele-oberholtzer

2. Anne Wistow & Stephanie Shackelford - Lucas County Land Bank, Toledo, OH

Anne is the VP of projects planning and Stephanie is the projects manager at the LCLB and together their mission is to strengthen neighborhoods and preserve property values. It's wonderful to see the work they have done in Toledo and the impact it has had on the property landscape there. 

That’s the update for this month.
We will be back next month with bigger & better updates. 
Until then, be well, stay safe.


Happy Mapping!

- Sahana Murthy

May 2020 - Parcel Data Update

By Sahana Murthy on May 11, 2020 · Democratizing Data

Dear Friends of Loveland Parcel Data and landgrid.com,

Key Data Stats:

  • Total age down by 5.9% from last month
  • Average parcel age - 221 days, down from 235 last month
  • Average county age248 days, down from 310 last month
  • 193k new parcels added online since last month

Updated Puerto Rico Data - We recently were able to get updated data from April 2020 for Puerto Rico. We refreshed our existing data last week and is available for download now. You can read all about the changes in the data we had and the data we have now in this blog - https://landgrid.com/blog/2020puertoricodata

SPECIAL NOTE - USPS Vacancy, Residential indicators: Updated in March 2020, next update in May!

Coverage Report: Updated for this month and available here:

For all full dataset customers, the updated data is available for download to bulk data clients in these formats: GeoPKG .gpkg (suggested), GeoJSON, Shapefile, and Postgres SQL files.  In addition, this data has been updated on the landrid.com website.

If your organization uses a custom export we are updating your data at the moment and if you don’t see the latest updates, please drop us a line.

A Data Dictionary for the Loveland Standard Schema is always available here:

A machine-readable version of this list is included in the `verse` table available in all the formats above as well as CSV format for use in spreadsheets. To find the latest updates in verse, sort by 'last_refresh' and use the 'filename_stem' column to identify the file.

Data updated or added from the county in April and live now:
( * Indicates newly added county)
Connecticut - Fairfield, Hartford, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London, Tolland, Windham

Illinois - Grundy, Marshall, Mason*, McLean, Morgan, Putnam*, Schuyler, Woodford

Kansas - Allen, Anderson*, Atchison, Barber, Barton, Bourbon, Brown, Butler, Chase, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Cheyenne, Clark, Clay, Cloud, Coffey, Comanche, Cowley, Crawford, Decatur, Dickinson, Doniphan, Douglas, Edwards, Elk, Ellis, Ellsworth, Finney, Ford, Franklin*, Geary, Gove, Graham, Grant, Gray, Greeley, Greenwood*, Hamilton, Harper*, Harvey, Haskell, Hodgeman, Jackson, Jefferson, Kearny, Kingman, Kiowa, Labette, Lane, Leavenworth, Lincoln, Linn*, Logan, Lyon, Marion, Marshall, McPherson, Meade, Miami, Mitchell, Montgomery, Morris, Morton, Nemaha, Neosho, Ness, Norton, Osage, Osborne, Ottawa, Pawnee, Phillips, Pottawatomie, Pratt, Rawlins, Reno, Republic, Rice, Riley, Rooks, Rush, Russell, Saline, Scott, Seward, Shawnee, Sheridan, Sherman, Smith, Stafford, Stanton, Stevens, Sumner, Thomas, Trego, Wabaunsee, Wallace, Wichita, Wilson, Woodson, Wyandotte

Maine - Androscoggin, Aroostook, Cumberland, Franklin, Hancock, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Oxford, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Sagadahoc, Somerset, Waldo, Washington, York

Minnesota - Aitkin, Anoka, Becker, Beltrami, Benton, Big Stone, Carlton, Carver, Cass, Chippewa, Chisago, Clay, Clearwater, Cook, Cottonwood, Crow Wing, Dakota, Dodge, Douglas, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Grant, Hennepin, Hubbard, Isanti, Itasca, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Kittson, Koochiching, Lake, Lake of the Woods, Le Sueur, Lyon, Mahnomen, Marshall, McLeod, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Nicollet, Norman, Olmsted, Otter Tail, Pennington, Pipestone, Polk, Pope, Ramsey, Red Lake, Renville, Rice, Roseau, Scott, Sherburne, Sibley, St. Louis, Stearns, Steele, Stevens, Swift, Todd, Traverse, Wadena, Waseca, Washington, Wilkin, Winona, Wright, Yellow Medicine

Montana - Beaverhead, Big Horn, Blaine, Broadwater, Carbon, Carter, Cascade, Chouteau, Custer, Daniels, Dawson, Deer Lodge, Fallon, Fergus, Flathead, Gallatin, Garfield, Glacier, Golden Valley, Granite, Hill, Jefferson, Judith Basin, Lake, Lewis and Clark, Liberty, Lincoln, Madison, McCone, Meagher, Mineral, Missoula, Musselshell, Park, Petroleum, Phillips, Pondera, Powder River, Powell, Prairie, Ravalli, Richland, Roosevelt, Rosebud, Sanders, Sheridan, Silver Bow, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, Teton, Toole, Treasure, Valley, Wheatland, Wibaux, Yellowstone

North Dakota - Billings, Burleigh, Dunn, Golden Valley, McKenzie, Stark

New Hampshire - Belknap, Carroll, Cheshire, Coos, Grafton, Hillsborough, Merrimack, Rockingham, Strafford, Sullivan

Puerto Rico - Adjuntas, Aguada, Aguadilla, Aguas Buenas, Aibonito, Arecibo, Arroyo, Añasco, Barceloneta, Barranquitas, Bayamón, Cabo Rojo, Caguas, Camuy, Canóvanas, Carolina, Cataño, Cayey, Ceiba, Ciales, Cidra, Coamo, Comerío, Corozal, Culebra, Dorado, Fajardo, Florida, Guayama, Guayanilla, Guaynabo, Gurabo, Guánica, Hatillo, Hormigueros, Humacao, Isabela, Jayuya, Juana Díaz, Juncos, Lajas, Lares, Las Marías, Las Piedras, Loíza, Luquillo, Manatí, Maricao, Maunabo, Mayagüez, Moca, Morovis, Naguabo, Naranjito, Orocovis, Patillas, Peñuelas, Ponce, Quebradillas, Rincón, Río Grande, Sabana Grande, Salinas, San Germán, San Juan, San Lorenzo, San Sebastián, Santa Isabel, Toa Alta, Toa Baja, Trujillo Alto, Utuado, Vega Alta, Vega Baja, Vieques, Villalba, Yabucoa, Yauco

South Dakota - Beadle, Charles Mix*, Clay*, Lincoln, Spink*, Union*

Tennessee - Davidson

Vermont - Addison, Bennington, Caledonia, Chittenden, Essex, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans, Rutland, Washington, Windham, Windsor

Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Wyoming - Albany, Big Horn, Campbell, Carbon, Converse, Crook, Fremont, Goshen, Hot Springs, Johnson, Laramie, Lincoln, Natrona, Niobrara, Park, Platte, Sheridan, Sublette, Sweetwater, Teton, Uinta, Washakie, Weston

Wisconsin - Milwaukee

In the current pipeline for updating in May 2020
Lousiana - Statewide
Maryland - Statewide
Oklahoma - Statewide
West Virginia - Statewide
US Virgin Islands

In the pipeline for updating in June
Texas - Statewide

Based on feedback and county challenges, pipeline planning is always subject to change. As always, please contact us if you have any questions about accessing or using the data, if you find issues with any of our data, or you have any comments or questions about our data in specific areas or states. We also love to hear from you about which counties or regions you’d like to see us update next, as it helps inform our planning process.

Thank you for being a part of Loveland!


May 2020 - Updated Puerto Rico, White label solutions & cool content!

By Sahana Murthy on May 5, 2020


Hope you are all doing well & safe. 
The LOVELAND team is back with new updates & content for you.
Let’s jump right in then.

New & Updated Puerto Rico Data:
We are thrilled to announce that we now have the most recent, 2020 data available for Puerto Rico. 

Well, we’ve had Puerto Rico data for some years -- and helped develop a plan and budget for a community-driven island-wide property survey that could still come to life one day if the time is right -- however, since 2016, we were unable to get updated, refreshed data for the island.

Not anymore! We recently received the most recent & updated data for all of Puerto Rico for 2020. That’s right - straight from a PR source. 

We have added 38,635 additional parcels for Puerto Rico to our dataset: that brings us up to 1,523,802 parcels in total.

We also did some basic analysis on pre & post Hurricane Maria property data in Puerto Rico. 
Read all about it in our latest blog - https://landgrid.com/blog/2020puertoricodata 

If you're looking for the recently updated data for all of Puerto Rico, and we know many of you are since we get asked for this a lot, email us at parcels@landgrid.com.
It’s available for download and via API. 

It is also available for self-serve download on the Landgrid parcel data storehttps://landgrid.com/store/us/pr

The New Landgrid Enterprise - White Label Solution
Those of you who know us well, know that the Landgrid Enterprise has always been a custom solution, made to match your every need. 

We are still the same custom solution but we have taken this one step further with the new Enterprise - White Label solution.

What do we mean by White Label you ask?
Well basically, with the white label solution, you get a fully customized and branded Landgrid mapping platform for your business, organization, or project that integrates with the software you already use. 

Your Enterprise account will be powered by Landgrid and supported by the Loveland team, but it will be all about YOU: your brand, your logo, your data, your audience, and your goals, all hosted at your own domain name.

Not just the desktop version, but with this, we can white label & fully customize the Landgrid survey app as well. 

So essentially, you get to make our Landgrid mapping platform your OWN!

Learn more about what you get with White Label here - https://landgrid.com/enterprise

Email us at enterprise@landgrid.com if you are interested to talk to us further. 

If you are unsure about your use case or feel like your problem may not be solvable by our white label solution, email us anyway and we will work with you to find the right solution. 

Meanwhile, you can check out some of the more common use cases that we have come across for which White Label would be perfect solution in this blog - https://landgrid.com/blog/white-labels-and-you

Safegraph COVID-19 Data Consortium:
We recently partnered with the amazing folks at Safegraph who put together an incredible data consortium bringing together data vendors, universities and researchers from all over the world to provide free data & enable COVID-19 research work. 

We are so happy that just in a matter of a week, we have been able to provide our parcel data to multiple universities across the globe for their COVID-19 related research work.

If you or someone you know could benefit from this consortium, please let us know. You can also check it out here and apply to join the consortium - https://www.safegraph.com/covid-19-data-consortium

The Talking Grid - Landgrid Webcasts & Videos!
If you have been following us on social media, then you know that we have been busy building a library of podcast style webcasts and a series of helpful tutorial videos for you. Please subscribe to our Youtube channel to get notifications when we add new videos & webcasts.

Also, while you’re on our Youtube channel, don’t forget to check out the webinar we recently did with our partners at makepath here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgT_dYBzbHM&t=1s

And to all the GIS folks out there, we have an exciting webcast coming up with Mike Dolbow, the CEO of GeoHipster on May 8th, Friday at 1 PM ET.

Register here to join us live - https://www.crowdcast.io/e/chat-with-geohipsters

Well, that brings us to the end of this month’s update. We will soon put together a content newsletter for our Landgrid Pro community where we will share the helpful content & tutorials that we tirelessly create each month. 

Until we meet again, please continue to be safe & well. 
And...As always, please feel free to email us at team@landgrid.com for all data & platform related queries.

Happy Mapping!

Updated 2020 Puerto Rico data now on Landgrid.com

By Sahana Murthy on April 28, 2020 · Announcements

Big Announcement: Updated Puerto Rico data from 2020, now available at Landgrid.com.

We are thrilled to announce that we now have the most recent, 2020 data available for Puerto Rico. 

Well, we’ve had Puerto Rico data for some years -- and helped develop a plan and budget for a community-driven island-wide property survey that could still come to life one day if the time is right -- however, since 2016, we were unable to get updated, refreshed data for the island.

Not anymore! We recently received the most recent & updated data for all of Puerto Rico for 2020. That’s right - straight from a PR source. 

We have added 38,635 additional parcels for Puerto Rico to our dataset: that brings us up to 1,523,802 parcels in total.

If you're looking for the latest data for all of Puerto Rico, and we know many of you are since we get asked for this a lot, you can see it on the site at https://landgrid.com/store/us/pr.

If you need to export the raw data for use outside the site, email us at parcels@landgrid.com. It’s available for download and via API. 

It is also available for self-serve download by the municipality on the Landgrid parcel data store: https://landgrid.com/store/us/pr

Loveland team members have made numerous visits to Puerto Rico and developed some good friendships on the island since Maria. We look forward to being back when the pandemic passes and it's safe to travel, and we hope to be helpful on more local projects in the future.


Below, find some notable improvements & updates between the data we had in 2016 and the data we have now:

Attribute/Column Name

Data from 2016 

NEW PR Data (2020)

Ll_uuid (total number of unique parcels)



Parcel number



Mailing Address

Didn’t exist.

715,569 (Woo Hoo)

Parcel Address






Last Sale Date

Didn’t exist.


Hurricane Maria - Brief Analysis:

Our latest data update for PR also gave us some key insights into the possible impact of Hurricane Maria on the island’s property landscape - since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, 2017, we have one dataset prior to the hurricane and one after.

Please bear in mind that the data we discuss below can NOT be directly a result or impact of Maria (although speculatively, they could very well be). It's also not possible for us to know the details of how the data is updated and maintained, and what might be missing that would add additional insight or otherwise impact the conclusions we draw below. We share some observations from the data here to help prompt further research and greater understanding of how things are changing over time.


Topo map, rainfall amounts, and Hurricane Maria’s path across Puerto Rico. Image from USGS. ^


Non-PR Ownership

A 'mailing address' is the place of record where an owner wants information (tax bills, other correspondence to property owners from the municipal government) to be sent. This makes it interesting data for analysis.

properties with non-Puerto Rico mailing addresses ^

  • About 9% of Puerto Rico’s parcels for which we have owner mailing info list a non-PR mailing address currently. There are a further 1,600 properties that list a P.O. Box as the mailing address, for which location is difficult to determine.

    It’s worth noting here that it’s not possible to break out how much of this ownership is former Puerto Rico residents who now live abroad, and how much represents external investment / non-Puerto Rican ownership.

    Top 5 states with non-PR mailing addresses:
    Florida: 9,162
    New York: 8,756
    New Jersey: 3,294
    Texas: 2,617
    Massachusetts: 1,448

  • There were 4,064 purchases in the 2.5 years since Maria (ie from Maria until March 2020) that list a non-PR owner mailing address. For context, there were 3,081 out-of-state purchases in the 2.5 years prior, showing a 24% increase since Hurricane Maria.

Sale Data (Pre & Post Maria)
In an attempt to compare apples to apples as much as possible within this quick analysis, we took Hurricane Maria as the inflection point. Since we’re just about 2.5 years after Maria as of this writing, we took a corresponding 2.5 years prior to Maria (March 2015). All post- and pre- Maria data below, unless otherwise noted, are working with this 2.5 year span on either side.

  • In terms of overall sales numbers, we see a 10% decrease in volume:
    pre-Maria: 65,792
    post-Maria: 59,324

  • There was a corresponding decline in sales greater than $100,000:
    pre-Maria: 21,446
    post-Maria: 19,248

Sales pre-Maria over $100,000

Sales post-Maria over $100,000

  • In general, median sales prices fell in Puerto Rico after the hurricane. One exception was the San Juan area, which saw a rise in prices. While one might think that this market activity in San Juan might be related to outside investment, we found nothing to indicate that that was the case: sales in that area were no more likely to have non-PR addresses than on the island as a whole (right around 10%).

There's much more to be learned from this dataset. If our software or the data itself can be helpful to your work, research, or advocacy in Puerto Rico please email us at team@landgrid.com.

- The Landgrid Team