Normalize_Address — Given a textual street address, returns a composite
norm_addy type that has road suffix, prefix and type standardized, street, streetname etc. broken into separate fields. This function
will work with just the lookup data packaged with the tiger_geocoder (no need for tiger census data).
norm_addy normalize_address(varchar in_address
Given a textual street address, returns a composite
norm_addy type that has road suffix, prefix and type standardized, street, streetname etc. broken into separate fields. This is the first step in the geocoding process to
get all addresses into normalized postal form. No other data is required aside from what is packaged with the geocoder.
This function just uses the various direction/state/suffix lookup tables preloaded with the tiger_geocoder and located in the
tiger schema, so it doesn't need you to download tiger census data or any other additional data to make use of it.
You may find the need to add more abbreviations or alternative namings to the various lookup tables in the
It uses various control lookup tables located in
tiger schema to normalize the input address.
Fields in the
norm_addy type object returned by this function in this order where () indicates a field required by the geocoder,  indicates an optional field:
(address) [predirAbbrev] (streetName) [streetTypeAbbrev] [postdirAbbrev] [internal] [location] [stateAbbrev] [zip]
address is an integer: The street number
predirAbbrev is varchar: Directional prefix of road such as N, S, E, W etc. These are controlled using the
streetTypeAbbrev varchar abbreviated version of street type: e.g. St, Ave, Cir. These are controlled using the
postdirAbbrev varchar abbreviated directional suffice of road N, S, E, W etc. These are controlled using the
internal varchar internal address such as an apartment or suite number.
location varchar usually a city or governing province.
stateAbbrev varchar two character US State. e.g MA, NY, MI. These are controlled by the
zip varchar 5-digit zipcode. e.g. 02109.
parsed boolean - denotes if addess was formed from normalize process. The normalize_address function sets this to true before returning the address.
Output select fields. Use Pprint_Addy if you want a pretty textual output.
SELECT address As orig, (g.na).streetname, (g.na).streettypeabbrev FROM (SELECT address, normalize_address(address) As na FROM addresses_to_geocode) As g; orig | streetname | streettypeabbrev -----------------------------------------------------+---------------+------------------ 28 Capen Street, Medford, MA | Capen | St 124 Mount Auburn St, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 | Mount Auburn | St 950 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01610 | Main | St 529 Main Street, Boston MA, 02129 | Main | St 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139 | Massachusetts | Ave 25 Wizard of Oz, Walaford, KS 99912323 | Wizard of Oz |