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Some colors are obvious, but some are not (at least to me). For example, what does it mean when an area is shaded pink?

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Pink are usually hospitals or medical offices. –  Joel H Apr 7 '12 at 20:58

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If I search by postal code, the area for that postal code has a pink outline, when zooming back, the whole section is covered in pink. Same thing for a City, or a county , state, or even country.
So any area that is a specific region for the search input it highlights in pink.

Some of the legend info varies on map type and region.

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