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How To: Label street features with address ranges

Summary

You can use the built-in cartographic functionality of ArcMap to label street features with address ranges. This article describes how to create a group layer for a street centerline feature class that shows street names and address ranges on street segments.

Procedure

In order to use the procedure below, you must have a street centerline feature class with attributes for the street name, directional and type modifiers (prefix direction, street type), and from and to address ranges for the left and right side of each street segment.

  1. Start ArcMap.
  2. Right-click the data frame and click New Group Layer.
    [O-Image] New Group Layer
  3. Double-click the group layer, and click the Group tab on the Group Layer Properties dialog box.
    [O-Image] Group Layer Properties
  4. Click Add. Use the Add Data dialog box to locate the street centerline feature class you want to label with address ranges. Select the feature class and click Add.
  5. Repeat the previous step four more times.
  6. In the Group Layer Properties dialog box, click the first layer, and click Properties.
  7. In the Layer Properties dialog box, click the Labels tab.
    [O-Image] Layer Properties dialog box
  8. Click Expression to open the Expression Properties dialog box.
  9. In the list of label fields, double-click the field names for the prefix direction, prefix type, street name, suffix type, and suffix direction attributes, if your street centerline feature class has these fields.
    [O-Image] Expression Properties dialog box
  10. Click OK to close the Expression Properties dialog box.
  11. Click Label Features in this layer.
  12. Click OK to close the Layer Properties dialog box.
  13. Click the second layer in the Group Layer Properties dialog box, and click Properties.
  14. Click the Labels tab.
  15. In the Label Field dropdown list, select the name of the field that contains the beginning of the address range on the left side of the street.
  16. Click Label Placement Options, and click the Placement tab in the Placement Properties dialog box.
    [O-Image] Placement Properties dialog box
  17. Click Above line (left) for the Constrain placement option. Choose Follow Line Orientation from the Orientation dropdown list. Choose Only At Start from the Label Position dropdown list.
  18. Click Priorities to open the Start Point Priorities dialog box.
    [O-Image] Start Point Priorities dialog box
  19. Type 1 in the (Left,After) text box and 0 in all others to constrain the placement of the labels to the left side of the feature after the start point of the feature.
  20. Click OK to close the Start Point Priorities dialog box.
  21. Click OK to close the Placement Properties dialog box.
  22. Click Label Features in this layer.
  23. Click the Symbology tab, click Categories in the list of feature renderers, and uncheck the option to draw symbols for all other features.
  24. Click OK to close the Layer Properties dialog box.
  25. Repeat steps 13 to 24 above to specify the labeling settings for the remaining address range attributes. Use the following settings:
    [O-Image] Label placement options
  26. Click OK to close the Group Layer Properties dialog box.

    You may need to zoom in to the map to see the address range labels. Some labels may not appear due to placement conflicts with other labels or features. Experiment with the X Offset and Y Offset properties of the text symbols in order to avoid label placement conflicts.