Zip Code lookup - give location (and map?) for zip code entered.

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On entering zip xxxxx or zipcode xxxxx show state location etc and optionally show a map.
• posted 5 years and 9 months ago • type: Spice (API calls) Duplicate

anonymous
I have started working on this idea. There is a free API for country, state, city. However, I am more inclined to use mapquest API that provides a map also. Mapquest API needs a key, need to figure out how to use it.
posted by [UserVoice Sourav Chakraborty] • 5 years and 9 months ago Link
anonymous
Very useful.
posted by [UserVoice Jordan] • 5 years and 9 months ago Link
anonymous
The Ziptastic API would probably work well here.
posted by [UserVoice Joe Chrysler] • 5 years and 8 months ago Link
anonymous
Zippopotamus (http://www.zippopotam.us/) offers lots of postal code lookups in addition to US zip codes. This could be used for international post codes.
posted by [UserVoice Richard Tia] • 5 years and 8 months ago Link
anonymous
http://imgur.com/200ds

I tinkered a bit with this last night, using Yahoo's geo API (and passing the info to Google Maps, since I'm more familiar with their mapping API). Yahoo has the benefit of providing a bounding box, in addition to a centroid, so you can map the approximate area. If anyone knows of a comparable service that actually serves up (worldwide) accurate polygons for postal codes, I'd love to know about it. But how does this seem in the meantime? Are there size/style guidelines for using maps like this?
posted by [UserVoice Almanackist] • 5 years and 7 months ago Link
anonymous
Or feeding the polygon to Mapquest, which sounds like it might be preferred for DDG: http://imgur.com/dWgW7. (Though Google seems to do a better job of auto-zooming to fit a polygon without me having to tweak a "best fit" zone...)
posted by [UserVoice Almanackist] • 5 years and 7 months ago Link
anonymous
Doesn't this already exist though? https://duckduckgo.com/?q=22222
posted by [UserVoice yano] • 5 years and 6 months ago Link
anonymous
Current implementation has the same functionality:

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=19406
posted by [UserVoice DuckDuckGo Team] • 4 years and 11 months ago Link
yegg
Cool -- this could be a nice goodie as well since the data set is pretty limited and doesn't change much. So it might be good to generate a data file and then have it be read in via the goodie system.
posted by yegg Staff5 years and 9 months ago Link
yegg
We have internal functions that call the mapquest API. What kind of call do you need to make?
posted by yegg Staff5 years and 8 months ago Link
Moollaza
I think the current implementation is the best because the YAHOO api used returns multiple matches for a single postal code, which makes the results a lot more dynamic: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=19301
posted by Moollaza Staff4 years and 11 months ago Link