I am trying to access the result of a DISTANCE SOQL Query in visualforce but I cannot figure out how to do this. The correct values do appear in debugging. Below is my relevant code:


engineers = Database.query(
                             'SELECT First_Name__c, Skills__c,  Last_Name__c, Division__c, ' +
                             'Location__Latitude__s, Location__Longitude__s, ' +
                             'DISTANCE(Location__c, GEOLOCATION(' + lat + ',' + lng + '), \'mi\') Miles ' +
                             'FROM Remote_Engineer__c WHERE Name != null');

for (Remote_Engineer__c eng : engineers) {


<apex:pageBlock title="Engineers" id="results">
    <apex:pageBlockTable value="{!engineers}" var="e">
        <apex:column headerValue="First Name" title="Engineer First Name">
            <apex:outputLink value="/{!e.Id}">{!e.First_Name__c}</apex:outputLink>
        <apex:column headerValue="Last Name" title="Engineer Last Name">
            <apex:outputField value="{!e.Last_Name__c}" />
        <apex:column  headerValue="Division" title="Division">
            <apex:outputField value="{!e.Division__c}" />
        <apex:column  headerValue="State" title="State">
            <apex:outputField value="{!e.State__c}" />
        <apex:column headerValue="Skills" title="Skills">
            <apex:outputField value="{!e.Skills__c}" />
            <apex:column headerValue="Latitude" title="Latitude">
            <apex:outputField value="{!e.Location__Latitude__s }" />
        <apex:column headerValue="Longitude" title="Longitude">
            <apex:outputField value="{!e.Location__Longitude__s }" />
        <apex:column headerValue="Miles" title="Miles">
            <apex:outputtext value="{!e.Miles}" />

Things I have tried:

  • Replaced apex:outputField to apex:outputtext to fix this error:

    Could not resolve field 'Miles' from value binding
    '{!e.Miles}' in page VenueRemoteLookup

  • Replaced {!e.Miles} with {!e['Miles']} which will compile correctly (I am using sublime and mavensmate), but when viewing the visualforce page I get the following error:

    Could not resolve field 'Miles' from value binding '{!e['Miles']}' in page venueremotelookup

  • Shouldn't your query return a List<AggregateResult> rather than any other SObject?
    – Charles T
    Nov 3, 2016 at 16:16
  • @CharlesT Have you tried it? You will get a compile error.
    – Adrian Larson
    Nov 3, 2016 at 16:57

1 Answer 1


I haven't yet confirmed this is a feature gap, but you can certainly use a wrapper class. Here's a simple demo:


public with sharing class DemoController
    public List<AccountWrapper> wrappers { get; private set; }

    public DemoController()
        wrappers = new List<AccountWrapper>();
        for (Account record : [
            SELECT Name, DISTANCE(BillingAddress, GEOLOCATION(0,0), 'mi') distance
            FROM Account WHERE BillingLatitude != null
        ]) wrappers.add(new AccountWrapper(record));

    public class AccountWrapper
        public Account record { get; private set; }
        public Decimal distance { get; private set; }
        public AccountWrapper(Account record)
            this.record = record;
            this.distance = (Decimal)record.get('distance');


<apex:page controller="DemoController">
        <apex:pageBlockTable value="{!wrappers}" var="wrapper">
            <apex:column value="{!wrapper.record.Name}" headerValue="Name" />
            <apex:column headerValue="Distance">
                <apex:outputText value="{!wrapper.distance}" />
  • 1
    You beat me. I am in the middle of writing this answer :). Nov 3, 2016 at 16:24
  • 1
    This issue seems similar (but not identical) to this Known Issue: SOQL result which uses Distance function is in VF view state causes ISE.
    – Adrian Larson
    Nov 3, 2016 at 16:24
  • @AdrianLarson I tried your query to reference a geolocation field on the parent and I get "No such column 'distance' on entity". I have no trouble referencing it if I directly query the parent. Is it not possible to do this query starting at the child level and going up to the parent?
    – Arthlete
    Jul 7, 2017 at 22:07

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