31 October 2018

First County Lines, now ZIP Code boundaries on Google Maps!

Quick link to the tool:  ZIP Codes on Google Maps

After the great response to my County Lines on Google Maps tool, I've heard a number of suggestions for other types of boundaries that Google Maps doesn't show.  One that has come up a number of times is for ZIP Codes. 

Yes, you can see one ZIP Code boundary at a time on Google Maps desktop version, but that's of limited use if you're trying to see all of the ZIP Codes in an area and don't know what they are (for example, it's not intuitive how to get Google Maps to show the ZIP Code boundary for the place adjacent to the current ZIP Code you're viewing).

So I've created another free tool that shows ZIP Code boundaries on Google Maps here:  ZIP Codes on Google Maps

As with the other tools, just type any address or place name, then click Go!  Zip Code boundaries will appear near your chosen place, and the ZIP Code will appear at the bottom of the map, as with this example around Chicago.

Click around on the map to see the ZIP Codes for where you clicked, or type another address or place name to see the ZIP Code boundaries there.

Sorry for those outside the U.S., this tool currently only supports U.S. locations.  Depending on demand, I may add postal codes for other countries in the future.

Please feel free to leave any comments or suggestions below, and share with anyone you think may find this tool useful.

22 September 2018

County Lines on Google Maps tool adds coverage of 3 more countries

Just a quick note to let you know that New Zealand, Canada and Switzerland have been added to the County Lines on Google Maps tool!

So, the full line-up of countries where you can see counties is:

- United States
- United Kingdom
- Ireland
- Australia
- New Zealand
- Canada
- Switzerland

Please note that not all countries use counties. So in those cases, the tool will show the administrative division that exists between the state and local level.  Here are the particulars:

- US coverage includes all 50 states plus Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa.
- Within the UK, England displays Counties and Unitary Authorities, Scotland displays Council Areas, Wales displays Principal Areas, and Northern Ireland displays Districts.
- Australia displays Local Government Areas (LGAs).
- New Zealand displays Territorial Authorities.
- Canada displays Census Divisions, which are Counties in some provinces but may include other geographies.
- Switzerland displays Districts.

Here are a few screen captures to show samples of the new coverage:


16 September 2018

County Lines on Google Maps adds coverage for Australia

If you're Australian or familiar with Australian government hierarchy (which I wasn't!), the first thing you may ask is what is a "county" in Australia, as it evidently doesn't exist.

According to Wikipedia, "Unlike Canada or the United States, there is only one level of government in each state, with no distinction such as cities and counties."  Instead, Australia uses Local Government Areas (LGAs).

So now the County Lines on Google Maps tool includes all of the Australian LGA boundaries!

Here's a snapshot from the southeastern part of Australia, with the city and state name for the red marker displayed at the bottom of the map:

For reference, the following is a list of the types of Australian Local Government Areas.  All of the boundaries of these Australian LGAs can be displayed on the County Lines on Google Maps tool:

- Aboriginal Councils
- Areas
- Boroughs
- Cities
- District Councils
- Municipalities
- Regional Councils
- Rural Cities
- Shires
- Towns

Hope you find this addition useful!  Feel free to leave comments or suggestions below, and share the tool with your Australian friends.

15 September 2018

Noteworthy enhancements to County Lines on Google Maps tool

I've just updated the new County Lines on Google Maps tool to include a few noteworthy enhancements:

1.  You can now view counties across multiple states at the same time.  This can be especially useful if you're exploring an area near a state line, as shown below.  The county and state name is displayed at the bottom of the map.

2.  Once you've typed in your initial place of interest, you can then click around the map to display other counties, or type a new place if you prefer.  The performance speed for doing all of this has been improved considerably.

And, as mentioned in a recent post:


(If you're looking for Historical U.S. County Boundaries, that tool can be found here.)

Feel free to share with anyone you think would find this tool useful, and leave any comments or enhancement suggestions below.

13 September 2018

County Lines across the pond - UK and Ireland coverage added

Thanks to many of you for the great feedback on my new County Lines on Google Maps tool!

Several of you commented (or lamented) at the UK and Ireland not being included.  So now they are!

Here are a couple of screenshots:


As before, to get started just type any place name (just as you would in Google Maps) and click Go!  You can then type another name, zoom in, click in another county, and so on.


I hope you find these additions useful!




Note: Within the UK, England displays Counties and Unitary Authorities, Scotland displays Council Areas, Wales displays Principal Areas, and Northern Ireland displays Districts.