What is a "Locality"?

A “locality” is a geographic location within a state or territory. It is will be one of several census-defined location types:


  • State: A US State or Territory.
  • County: County within a State.
  • County Subdivision: A subdivision within a County, such as a Township.
  • Place: A Census-defined Place.
  • Unified School District: A recognized unified school district.
  • Secondary School District: A recognized secondary school district. This type is inactivated if the State does not have any Secondary school districts.
  • Elementary School District: A recognized elementary school district. This type is inactivated if the State does not have any Elementary school districts.
  • Congressional District: A district in the US Congress.
  • Tribal Lands: Census-recognized tribal areas, including both Reservations and Off-Reservation Trust Lands.
  • Upper Chamber: The State Legislative Upper chambers (e.g. State Senates), or the only chambers in unicameral States.
  • Lower Chamber: The State Legislative lower chambers (e.g. State Houses) in bicameral State.


:white_check_mark: When you are creating a Locality, the search box tries to match all of the Localities in the state with the search text anywhere in their names. So if you enter “Port” in as a place in Oregon, you’ll be asked to choose among Newport, Port Orford, Portland, Reedsport, Waldport, or Westport.

:white_check_mark: Leaving the box blank brings up all of the localities (of that type) of in the state.

:white_check_mark: When a single locality is found, it gets added to the notebook. When the search turns up multiple localities, you’ll be asked to choose among them.

When should I put multiple Localities in a Notebook? discusses the pros and cons of notebook management, including using multiple localities in a single notebook.