I have tried the following:

usentity = Entity["Country", "UnitedStates"];
uspoly = usentity["Polygon"];
stdpoly = uspoly /. GeoPosition -> Identity;

[1] True

RegionMember[stdpoly, {35, -90}]

returns unevaluated.

Is there a better approach?

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    $\begingroup$ You're looking for GeoWithinQ. $\endgroup$ – rcollyer May 19 '16 at 15:10
  • $\begingroup$ @rcollyer - perfect, just what I needed. $\endgroup$ – JJM May 19 '16 at 15:14

If you look at the structure of the Polygon, it seems there is an extra level of {} that needs to be removed

(* Polygon[{{{49.0021,-122.758},<<2620>>}}] *)

So you can use FlattenAt to remove that layer of brackets,

(* Polygon[{{{49.0021,-122.758},<<2620>>}}] *)

The polygons appear the same

RegionPlot /@ {stdpoly, stdpoly2}

Mathematica graphics

and now you can use RegionMember all you like

RegionMember[stdpoly2, {35, -90}]
(* True *)

There is also the fact that for some reason, geographic polygons have their coordinates reversed, as I learned here. This is what I did there,

stdpoly = Polygon @@ First@First@uspoly // Map[Reverse, #, {-2}] &;
RegionMember[stdpoly, {-90, 35}]

Mathematica graphics

(* True  *)

As rcollyer points out, you can use the built-in GeoWithinQ to test this as well,

GeoWithinQ[Entity["Country", "UnitedStates"], GeoPosition[{35, -90}]]
(* True *)
  • $\begingroup$ JasonB, thanks! I just discovered that myself also. $\endgroup$ – JJM May 19 '16 at 15:12

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