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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.

Maps and Data:

Find geographic data and products such as the TIGER/Line Shapefiles, KMLs, TIGERweb, cartographic boundary files, geographic relationship files, and reference and thematic 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.

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 Survey 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 Atlas

Printable maps from the National Atlas include Congressional Districts, precipitation, Presidential Elections 1789-2000, reference and outline maps of the US, satellite views, and time zones.

Dynamic Maps from the National Atlas

Innovative illustrations of geographic phenomena. We combine the science of mapping with today's multimedia to offer maps that are useful, understandable, and that stimulate interactivity.

The National Map

Create your own map.

USGS Selected Web map links

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.


Includes links to different types of maps, including those based on:

  • Environmental (Crop, Earthquake, Polar, Ocean, etc.)

  • Health (HIV, Asthma)

  • Historical (National Parks)

  • Space

  • Weather

  • World

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

access, search, and browse through over 400,000 maps, datasets, and services. Most importantly, for the geospatial professional, the services, mapping and visualization capabilities, and data standards behind these sites are also accessible.

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

State Maps from the Federal Government

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

MTA Maps

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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