People often ask us how we compare to Google. We've compiled this list of some of the most important considerations. Which provider is best for you depends on your use case.

If you're looking for an alternative to Google Maps geocoding, there are several important factors customers often consider.

Data Storage

Google Maps has a lot of restrictions on how you use and store their results. With Google Maps, you cannot store the results, display them internally or behind a login, use them for advertising, fleet/asset tracking, or other use cases that they prohibit. If you're considering using Google Maps, you may want to have a lawyer review their Terms of Service first to make sure your use case is allowed.

Geocodio does not limit how you use the results. You can store them in a database, use them for any use case, and even resell them if you want. 

Cost

UPDATE, 5/2/18: Google has released an update that significantly increases their pricing. We'll update as more details become available.

Geocodio offer the first 2,500 address or latitude/longitude conversions for free per day with no credit card required. After that, they're $.00005 each, or $0.50/1,000. Our pricing is transparent and you can calculate how much it would cost you here.  

Google limits free usage to 40,000 per month and you must have a credit card on file. Extra lookups above that point are $4/1,000.

Geocodio has a simple, flat-rate, month-to-month Unlimited option that is $750 per month, or $8,550 if paid annually (5% discount). There is no annual contract required. This plan gives you a private, dedicated instance of Geocodio, and enables you to process up to 4.8M lookups per day (which is the capability of the hardware). 

Google does not make their high-volume prices transparent.

Usage Limits

Google limits calls per second to 50. Geocodio does not limit or throttle usage for any of our plans.

Tools

Geocodio has an API and a spreadsheet upload tool.

Google Maps only has an API.

Data Quality

Geocodio and Google use different data sources. Geocodio relies on official government datasets for our underlying data (mostly from local and state governments). Sometimes, Geocodio is more accurate, and sometimes, Google is more accurate. Use our Compare map to see how both services locate an address.

Data Appends

Google Maps allows you to append Timezones by using their separate Timezone API. 

Geocodio lets you add additional data at the same time and in the same format as your coordinates or addresses, including:

Support

Geocodio has live support. You can contact us at any time with questions — whether it’s questions before signing up, getting your integration going, and ongoing help. You can sign up without having to talk to a sales representative. And we welcome suggestions and feature additions.

Google Maps does not offer live support. Google Maps support is primarily delivered via their FAQ. To sign up for a Premium license, you must talk to their sales department.

International Geocoding

Google Maps offers global coverage in a variety of languages. 

Geocodio currently offers geocoding in the US and Canada, with worldwide coverage at city level currently in beta and expected to be released in late 2018. 

Routing and Directions

Google Maps offers routing, directions, and transit options. Geocodio does not.

Whether you should use Google Maps or Geocodio depends on your use case. We're happy to help if you have additional or more specific questions -- use the chat box to your bottom right to ask us directly.

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