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Geocoding Location APIs
About geocoding location APIs
Calculate travel durations and distances, and get directions and correct addresses with geocoding location APIs.
What is a geocoding location API?
A geocoding location application programming interface (API) is a service that enables developers to retrieve addresses and landmark geocoordinate information.
How does a geocoding location API work?
A geocoding location API converts address descriptions into latitude and longitude coordinates that the computer can read. Geocoding APIs use the GET method. It returns responses in JSON or XML format.
Who is an API for latitude and longitude for exactly?
Developers that want to easily add distance calculation and mapping functionality to their applications will find latitude and longitude APIs useful.
Businesses in retail, real estate, travel, and other industries where consumers require accurate directions can also benefit from using applications with location APIs.
Why is an API for latitude and longitude important?
Latitude and longitude APIs are especially helpful to new developers because it makes coding simple. Addresses sometimes change, but coordinates for latitude and longitude stay the same. To manually research coordinates would be impractical due to the time it would take to complete. Also, there is a high risk of inaccuracy with manual calculations.
Applications with driving distance mapping are important to businesses that have physical locations. Restaurants and retail stores are a couple of examples. If customers cannot find the exact location of a business it wants to visit, the business will miss sales opportunities.
What can you expect from geocoding APIs?
Developers can expect accurate geocoding with less time spent manually coding. And businesses can provide website visitors with a way to locate their business and obtain driving directions to the nearest location if they have more than one.
Are there examples of free APIs for geocoding?
RapidAPI’s Marketplace has plenty of location freemium APIs from which developers can choose. For instance, TrueWay Matrix by Trueway is a driving distance calculation API that returns data based on live or predictive traffic information. The free Basic plan for individuals has a hard limit of 1,500 requests per day at the rate of two requests per second.
Address Correction and Geocoding by Yaddress is an API that retrieves the correct postal address, along with geocodes. It validates an address and then standardizes it, which is to place the data into appropriate fields to make it readable. Its one-plan-for-all Basic is free and includes unlimited requests.
Best Geocoding and Location APIs
- TrueWay Matrix
- Geocoder US Census Bureau
- Google Maps Geocoding
- GeoDB Cities
- City Geo Location Lookup
Geocoding and Location API SDKs
All geocoding and location APIs are supported and made available in multiple developer programming languages and SDKs including:
- Java (Android)
- C# (.NET)
Just select your preference from any API endpoints page.
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