Obtaining County information from ZIP codes and exploring alternative databases

In this meeting, the State Changers discuss a question related to the Google Maps API. They are trying to obtain the county based on the ZIP code provided by users. They explain that this information is needed for a nonprofit organization to determine grant eligibility. They mention that the current method involves extracting the county from a long API response by using text matching. However, they have encountered situations where no county is provided for certain ZIP codes. They speculate whether this is a mistake by Google Maps or if certain areas simply do not have counties. They discuss potential solutions, such as filtering the results by administrative area level two (county) or using a database with consistent county names. They consider using a service called Xano or Webflow to help with this task. They conclude that a database with consistent county names would be a simpler and more cost-effective solution. They agree to discuss this further with Amir and consider implementing the suggested solution.


(Source: Office Hour 8/24/2023 )

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