How to Locate a Subdivision by Name

by Jonathan McLelland Images

Subdivisions are created by dividing a large block of land into smaller parcels which can then be sold or developed individually. In the U.S., the term "subdivision" is commonly used to refer to a housing development or community, though technically, many commercial developments such as shopping malls and industrial parks are also subdivisions. When developed for housing, a subdivision usually features houses with a similar design or theme. For example, a colonial-style subdivision is unlikely to feature Mediterranean-style houses. If you need to locate a subdivision by its name, there are several methods available.

Step 1

Contact a local real estate agent within the area you wish to search. Real estate agents are well-versed in nearby subdivisions, and will be able to assist you in your search. The National Association of Realtors offers a searchable database for all licensed real estate agents in the country.

Step 2

Provide the real estate agent with the subdivision name. If you know the county or city where the subdivision is located, provide that information as well. If the real estate agent is able to locate this subdivision, write down its address on a sheet of paper. Use this address in a GPS device, or input this information into an online map direction service.

Navigate your web browser to an online search engine. Type in the subdivision name you wish to locate. If you know the state, county or city where the subdivision is located, this will help narrow down the results.


  • Be prepared to wade through potentially hundreds of results if you use an Internet search engine to locate a subdivision by name, but don't know the subdivision's state, county or city.


  • Visit a store within the city of the subdivision if you are unable to locate it. Ask the clerk if he knows where the subdivision is located.
  • Visit the tax assessor's website for the county where the subdivision is located. If you have a street address, you may use this information to discover the subdivision name.


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About the Author

Jonathan McLelland has been a professional writer since 2005. He has worked as a story writer and editor for the international sitcom, “Completing Kaden,” as well as a proposal writer for various production companies. McLelland studied communication and theater at St. Louis Community College.

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