The Minnesota CTU Database is the state's repository for names and unique IDs for cities, townships and Census-defined unorganized territories in Minnesota. From this website you can:
- Search the database (see below).
- Download the entire database. File is Comma Separated Values (CSV) format which can be opened by spreadsheet programs.
- Integrate a web service API into remote applications without having to store the data locally.
- Download a GIS file of statewide CTU boundaries.
You may search 'Feature name' by substring. For example, "Paul" finds both "Saint Paul" and "Spaulding"
What is in this database?
The Minnesota CTU Database is a subset of the federal
Names Information System (GNIS) database. It contains all Minnesota
entries for cities, townships and Census-defined unorganized
territories, both active and historical.
Complete description of the Minnesota CTU Database.
This system is integrated with the Office of Administrative Hearings Municipal Boundary Adjustment database. When a new city or township comes into existence, or when an existing city, township or unorganized territory becomes historical, that change is formally registered and reported to the U.S. Geological Survey for inclusion in the GNIS. This process results in the timely creation of a new updated CTU code. The unique ID for each entry in the database complies with Minnesota’s state CTU standard and INCITS 446-2008.
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