The US is full of zip codes regulated by the USPS. These can pose a confusing mess to organize manually.
The free Zip Code API is way simpler and it makes pulling zip codes a breeze. At the moment it only works for the United States but it could easily expand worldwide given enough traction.
One reason you might use this API is to pull related zip codes from a surrounding area. This could be used for a job search website or a housing/real estate web app.
The opportunities are almost endless considering this API goes much further than single digits. Here are just a few common uses:
- Convert zip code to city/town
- Convert city/town to zip code
- Pull zip codes from a nearby radius
- Find the distance between two zip codes
- Organize a list of zips ordered closest to each other
Because this is such a massive API it does have data caps. You could always get a paid plan but I’m a big fan of free content.
With the free plan, you get 1,200 API requests per day which should be more than enough for simple applications. If you’re hoping to make money with your site then you can always upgrade later.
However, you can sign up for a free API plan and never pay a dime. Every account gets its own API key/secret combo to attach into one application. From there, you can pass API endpoints based on zip code data, distances, or related zips based on radius.
Since this is still a newer tool, it doesn’t have that much activity. But you only need to watch for a few seconds to catch live API calls in action.
This is definitely one of the coolest APIs I’ve ever seen, including the W3C API. If you’re ever creating a website that needs to pull dynamic zip code data this API is free for 1,200 requests daily.