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Government Information - By Topic: Maps, Geography & GIS

Census Bureau of the U.S.

The Census Bureau serves as the leading source of quality data about the nation's people and economy.

Geographic Reference Maps 

Census Data Mapper  The Census Data Mapper is a web mapping application intended to provide users with a simple interface to view, save and print county-based demographic maps of the United States. The data are from the 2010 Census.

My Community Explorer (MCE)  MCE is an interactive map-based tool that highlights demographic and socioeconomic data that measure inequality and can help inform data-based solutions. This tool is designed to help users identify underserved communities. 

National Weather Service

From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), this is the official website of the National Weather Service. The site includes weather warnings, forecasts, and radar as well as climate information.

US Geological Maps

USGS maps range from detailed local areas to the world. Because they can show many kinds of information, they are excellent for a wide range of uses.

National Geologic Map Database An archive of geoscience maps, reports, and stratigraphic information. The NGMDB contains information on more than 90,000 maps and related geoscience reports published from the early 1800s to the present day, by more than 630 agencies, universities, associations, and private companies.

National Map Viewer 

National Map Downloader Create your own map.

topoBuilder  A new USGS web application enables the public to create custom topographic maps on demand. The online application is called topoBuilder and the output maps are known as OnDemand Topos.

As the U.S. government's official web portal, makes it easy for the public to get U.S. government information and services on the web

.EnviroAtlas Interactive Map  This easy to use, interactive mapping application does not require any GIS skills to use and provides ready access to 500+ maps and multiple analysis tools. EnviroAtlas is part of an ongoing commitment to sustainable and healthy communities and safe and sustainable water resources. developed in collaboration between several agencies 

Many Federal Agencies offer maps

National Park Service 


NASA Visible Earth

NASA Earth Observatory - Home processes, Blue Marble, global maps..Global Maps 

Earth Matters  Environmental processes, 

National Weather Service Maps 

Time Zones US

America's Byways Sponsored by the Dept. of Transportation this site is a good source of information for travelers looking for interesting stops along the way or hoping to take the scenic route.

Enterprise Geographic Information System (eGIS) from HUD

Comprehensive map and GIS resources from HUD, covering a variety of topics including:

  • Property for sale

  • Economic data by neighborhood

  • Tribal information

  • Maps of grantees

  • Businesses eligible for tax credits

and more

GEO Node   GeoNode is a web-based application and platform for developing geospatial information systems (GIS) and for deploying spatial data infrastructures (SDI). It is designed to be extended and modified, and can be integrated into existing platforms.

Library of Congress Map Collections

Containing only a fraction of what the Library of Congress Geography and Map Division holds, this digital library of maps focuses on cartographic treasures and Americana.

International Maps

New York State and New York City Maps

New York State

Travel and Tourism by Stat

NYS material USGS Selected Web map links

Maps of New York State from the US Geological Survey.  Includes congressional maps, topographical maps and other subjects of interest.

New York State GIS Clearinghouse

created to provide one central location where State agencies and local governments can list the GIS data sets that they have. GIS users can browse the list, or search for specific keywords, to find out what data is available, who holds it, and how it can be obtained. In some cases, users will be able to go one step further, and download the actual data set.  Includes maps and ability to create maps using datasets from different state agencies.

New York City

Department of City Planning 

Neighborhood Maps 

Zoning Maps 

Maps and Geography resources 

Street Map The Status & History of New York City’s Streets   If you scroll to the bottom of the left hand column, you can access historical arial photographs of the city 

Health Services Map  Looking for a low- or no-cost clinic? Wondering where your neighborhood Farmers Market is located and its hours of operation? Trying to figure out your options on how to quit smoking for good? These and other location-based health services are available by address, zip code or borough through the NYC Health Map.

2018 Health Survey Atlas 

NYC Rat Information Portal 

MTA Maps

Mapping Historical New York: A Digital Atlas   visualizes Manhattan’s and Brooklyn’s transformations during the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. Drawing on 1850, 1880, and 1910 census data, it shows how migration, residential, and occupational patterns shaped the city.

Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection

The Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection has major holdings of political, topographic and thematic maps of the world, continents, regions, countries, states and provinces.

Other Map Resources


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