Geospatial Data Providers: Services, Companies, and Products

Big data has become a big industry as all manner of organizations look for more accurate and timely ways to make operational decisions.

As part of this process, organizations are discovering the power of geospatial data to help explain why things happen in certain places and not others. But where do they get geospatial data from? And what types of data do geospatial technologies provide?

We’ll answer these questions in the following sections:

  • What are geospatial data providers?
  • 29 best geospatial data providers for deeper analysis

Let’s start by going into a bit more detail about what kinds of companies provide geospatial data.

What are geospatial data providers?

Geospatial data providers are organizations that collect, process, and/or distribute different types of location-based data. This can include information on points of interest, building footprints, human mobility patterns, population demographics, transportation networks, and more.

These providers can be government agencies, scientific or academic institutions, private corporations, and others. Regardless of who provides it, geospatial data can be used for a number of different purposes that benefit businesses, communities, or even the whole of humanity or Earth.

Due to geospatial data’s growing importance, there are some organizations that have based the bulk of their operations around it. Their main purpose is to gather geospatial data and process it into usable formats, then give or sell it to others who need it. We’ll take a few minutes to talk more about that now.

What is geospatial data as a service?

Geospatial data as a service (DaaS) is an industry where companies gather and clean location data for the purpose of selling it to other institutions. Many organizations don’t have the resources to collect and process location data in-house, so they get it from businesses who specialize in doing that.

Geospatial data can be used for a lot more than just mapping. To give some examples, businesses can determine where they should build new stores or close old ones down. Governments can plan where to build transportation, housing, and other critical services. Investors can look at potential performance indicators and make investment decisions without waiting for official financial data to be released. And insurance firms can more accurately assess risk for a location, so they can write liability policies that are better tailored to clients and priced more competitively.

With more business sectors continually finding new applications for geospatial data, it should come as little surprise that DaaS companies are in demand. We’ll introduce you to a number of them next.

29 best geospatial data providers for deeper analysis

The top geospatial data companies are a mix of public and private organizations. Some specialize in certain types of geospatial data, making them ideal for particular use cases. And some may also offer software platforms and other solutions that make geospatial data analysis easier. You’ll meet all kinds as we go through our list.

1. SafeGraph

Cost: bulk pricing available

Types of data: POI | property | mobility

SafeGraph is your source for geospatial truth, providing comprehensive and accurate data on points of interest. Our Places and Geometry datasets provide location information and building footprints for millions of global locations. We also have a series of Patterns datasets for human mobility data, at both the point of interest and census block group levels, in the US and Canada.

2. CAP Locations

Cost: $0.05/record; charged on a per-dataset basis

Types of data: POI | property

CAP Locations provides point of interest and building footprint data for over 1.2 million restaurants and retail stores in the US and Canada. Along with this niche, it also provides comprehensive spatial hierarchy data for over 42,000 malls and other shopping centers spread between the two countries.

3. BA45

Cost: $0.005/record; charged on a per-dataset basis

Types of data: property

BA45 has attribution data on over 125 million residential and commercial properties in the US. Its data schema has 85 attributes that cover things like when a building was built, what it’s made out of, what amenities it has, and what price it last sold for. At half a cent per record, its data is very affordable as well.

4. First American Data & Analytics

Cost: $0.05/record; charged on a per-dataset basis

Types of data: property

First American Data & Analytics specializes in property data attributes related to buying, selling, leasing, and mortgaging houses. This makes it a great source of information for real estate insurers and investors looking to gauge the financial risk associated with specific residential properties. Its data is comprehensive enough to cover the entire US housing market.

5. Regrid

Cost: $0.05 per record; can vary based on level of detail and whether purchasing for the entire US or a single state

Types of data: property

Regrid has data on over 150 million parcels of land in the US, which can be segmented by state or county if you only need specific sets. Its premium datasets feature more attributes, including building footprint geometry.

6. Locomizer

Cost: $0.02-$0.05/record, charged on a per-dataset basis

Types of data: POI | mobility

Locomizer provides general footfall data around points of interest. It also uses machine learning to estimate how likely a person is to engage in a brand-affiliated activity (e.g. shopping, sports, movie-watching, and eating/drinking) around a particular point of interest. Locomizer’s data covers mainly the UK, but can include some other countries.

7. Veraset

Cost: contact for pricing

Types of data: mobility

Veraset’s “Movements” dataset measures foot traffic centered on major points of interest in over 150 countries worldwide. Its “Visits” dataset combines this data with property profiles on over 6 million commercial buildings in the US to show who’s visiting which businesses, and when.

8. US Census Bureau

Cost: free

Types of data: demographics

The US Census Bureau is a United States government agency that provides survey-based information on demographics throughout the country to the public. However, it isn’t always in the most usable form, which is why SafeGraph has provided a cleaned-up version of its American Community Survey data.

9. Spatial.ai

Cost: contact for pricing

Types of data: demographics

Spatial.ai uses geotagged information from social media to build its demographics datasets. This allows it to segment census block groups into over 70 lifestyle categories based on food and drink, entertainment, faith, relationships, hobbies, and more. See our webinar with Spatial.ai to learn how to combine geosocial profiles with mobility data for deeper insights into consumer behavior.

10. Esri

Cost: annual subscriptions to their SaaS platform that includes data access

Types of data: POI | property | mobility | demographics | boundaries | environmental | streets | imagery

Esri partners with leading data providers to provide pretty much every kind of geospatial data that an organization could want to use. It also provides ArcGIS, a top geospatial data management system.

11. Infutor

Cost: $0.01/record; $8,000-$10,000/month

Types of data: property | demographics | address

Infutor combines comprehensive US property data with transaction and demographic data to provide anonymized consumer profiles for over 260 million Americans. It also has address data for over 360 million places across the US, including geographic coordinates.

12. US Department of Transportation

Cost: free

Types of data: address

This is another United States government institution providing free data to the public. Among its datasets is the National Address Database, which contains over 65 million confirmed records of street addresses across the US.

13. Trust for Public Land

Cost: free

Types of data: POI | property | boundaries | demographics

The Trust for Public Land provides boundary and associated property information for public parks in nearly 14,000 communities across the US. Its dataset also includes some demographic information about people who live near the parks.

14. CARTO

Cost: annual subscriptions to their SaaS platform integrates with their data marketplace

Types of data: POI | property | mobility | demographics | boundaries | environmental | streets

CARTO is another company that sells many different types of geospatial data, having partnered with over 40 other providers. It also provides services and software for spatial analysis and location intelligence.

15. Tomorrow.io

Cost: $10,000/year; some content is free

Types of data: environmental

Tomorrow.io’s geospatial data software and datasets provide timely and accurate weather data so businesses can prepare for inclement weather. This has implications for events, logistics, transportation, agriculture, construction, utilities, insurance, and more.

16. ClimateCheck

Cost: $0.05/record, charged on a per-dataset basis

Types of data: property | environmental

ClimateCheck compares attributes of US properties against historical weather patterns and over 25 internationally-recognized climate change models. This allows them to provide an assessment of how vulnerable any property in the US is to natural disasters and other weather-related damage caused by climate change.

17. CustomWeather

Cost: $0.02/record

Types of data: environment

CustomWeather collects weather data from over 80,000 sources worldwide to provide daily, monthly, and year-over-year weather forecasts and comparisons. Its dataset includes attributes such as humidity, wind speed, dew point, visibility, and many more.

18. Mapbox

Cost: annual subscriptions that vary based on the geographic region(s) covered

Types of data: mobility | boundaries | streets

Mapbox provides platforms for displaying maps, planning routes, doing custom mapping, and more. It also sells datasets for over 4 million jurisdictional boundaries worldwide; live and typical traffic on streets around the world, as reported by over 600 million active monthly users; and human mobility patterns based on over 20 billion daily location updates across the globe.

19. Bing

Cost: contact for pricing

Types of data: POI | address | environmental | streets | imagery

Bing is most commonly known as Microsoft’s search engine, and one of Google Search’s chief rivals. But it also provides a Spatial Data Services API that lets you store, query, and geocode various types of location data. Bing’s imagery also powers many online mapping applications.

20. CarePrecise

Cost: $0.05/record; other options depend on specific product and length of license

Types of data: POI | demographics

CarePrecise’s geospatial data products cover over 6 million healthcare providers in the US, from hospitals to specialist clinics to individual practices. You can get data on what a practice is classified as, what kinds of (and how many) procedures they do, how to contact them, and what health organizations they’re affiliated with. You can even get anonymized information on patient and employee demographics and reviews.

21. Netwise

Cost: up to $0.02/record; contact sales for other options

Types of data: POI | demographics

Netwise specializes in data that is useful for business-to-business marketing. It has information on over 30 million American companies, including anonymized demographics for both employees and customers of each company.

22. DatabaseUSA

Cost: contact for pricing

Types of data: POI | demographics

DatabaseUSA is another business-to-business data specialist that provides data on over 15 million American companies, including over 40,000 new ones each week. It also has anonymized demographics data on over 260 million Americans, segmented by professionals, customers, and homeowners.

23. Transparent

Cost: $0.05/record; charged on a per-dataset basis

Types of data: property | address

Transparent provides data on over 35 million properties worldwide that have been listed as vacation rentals. It has over 50 attributes of granularity, including property type, occupant capacity, minimum length of stay, and more.

24. Vertical Knowledge

Cost: $0.05/record; $800-$7,000/month (average is $2,500-$3,000/month)

Types of data: POI | property | mobility | demographics

Vertical Knowledge collects and processes all sorts of different information that’s publicly available on the Internet. So it has data on a wide variety of subjects, including rental properties, retail brands, automotive transactions, air and sea travel, and corporate demographics.

25. HARNESS Data

Cost: $0.005/record; charged on a per-dataset basis

Types of data: POI | property | address

HARNESS Data is a firm specializing in UK location data. It provides comprehensive information on most commercial properties in Great Britain. It also has an address-matching tool to check if an address corresponds to a place with a differently-formatted address, or to a place that even exists at all.

26. Greenwich.HR

Cost: $0.05/record; charged on a per-dataset basis

Types of data: demographics

Greenwich.HR’s data is about corporate demographics. You’ll get to look at over 85,000 data attributes on positions at over 5 million companies. Find out who’s hiring, which roles are in demand, and how much money people are making per role and/or company in over 200 countries around the world.

27. SMR Research

Cost: $0.05/record; $4/report

Types of data: POI | property

SMR Research focuses on data concerning commercial real estate. This includes attributes that public records may not provide, such as information on building tenants, square footage, owner contact information, property use classification, and spatial hierarchy metadata for multi-unit buildings (e.g. apartments and malls). It also includes data on property valuation and other financial information that could be useful in measuring insurance or credit risk.

28. CRED iQ

Cost: $0.05/record or $300-$400/user/month; free option available

Types of data: POI | property | address

CRED iQ is another firm that specializes in commercial real estate data. It provides basic property and address data for over 140,000 parcels of commercial real estate in the US, as well as finance-related information (where applicable) such as lease durations and loan terms.

29. GoWeeWee

Cost: $0.02/record

Types of data: POI

GoWeeWee has data on over 230,000 public restrooms worldwide. Attributes include gender designation (including gender-neutral), availability of baby-changing amenities, accessibility options, and when a restroom was last cleaned.


Hopefully, this list of geospatial data services has given you a better idea of what kinds of geospatial data are out there and where you can get them. Of course, you can start right here with us at SafeGraph.

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