randymajors.com City Limits on Google Maps tool, v 2.2 ©2019 Randy Majors
This free tool shows city limits on Google Maps. City limits may also be referred to as city boundaries, town or village limits/boundaries, corporate limits, municipal boundaries or city regions. You can also optionally choose to show county lines and township boundaries on the map.

QUICK TIPS FOR USING THIS TOOL:
  1. In the "Search places" box above the map, type an address, city, etc. and choose the one you want from the auto-complete list*
    OR: Click the map to see the city name for where you clicked or just type another place name or address
    City limits will draw and your selected city's boundaries will be highlighted in brighter red and its interior shaded light yellow to help you differentiate among adjacent cities. At the bottom of the map, the city name will appear, along with a Class code (see below for details), the area of the city in square miles, and the Latitude/Longitude for the red dot.**
  2. NEW! Click the "⊕ Locate" button in the upper right corner of the map to use your current location †
  3. NEW! Also show townships by checking the box in the lower left corner of the map
  4. Also show county lines by checking the box in the lower left corner of the map
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* You can also type in GPS coordinates in decimal degrees into the Search places box. For example, type -105.25, 40 for Boulder, Colorado.
** All information is reported based on the location of the red dot on the maps; to move the red dot, click the map
The "Locate" button will be more accurate on smartphones and other devices containing a GPS; desktop browsers typically show an approximate location

Try the new Section Township Range on Google Maps tool here!

How do you see Google Maps with city limits? Just follow the quick steps above and you will see the incorporated limits for U.S. cities displayed on a fully-interactive Google Map.
Answer questions such as:
- What city is this address in?
- Is this address in an unincorporated area?
- Who has jurisdiction at this address?
- Is this location on the map part of a city or town?
- What county and state is this location part of?

Background: As a general rule, "property within a city's limit is subject to city taxation and city regulation, and expects city services [provided by the city government]. Areas outside any city's limit are considered to be unincorporated, and in most U.S. states they are by default regulated and taxed by the county. In others, areas outside a city's limit fall within another type of local government, such as the civil township (a division of a county)." More details here.

Why was this tool created? You can only view ONE city's boundaries at a time on Google Maps, whereas this tool incorporates a Google Maps municipal boundaries overlay so you can see a map with ALL city limits anywhere in the United States.

Looking to show only County Lines on Google Maps? Here it is: County Lines on Google Maps.

COVERAGE NOTES:
RED lines: Shows all incorporated cities and towns in the United States and its territories and possessions
Class codes shown below the city name:
- C1: An active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent
- C2: An active incorporated place that is legally coextensive with a county subdivision but treated as independent of any county subdivision
- C5: An active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent
- C6: An active incorporated place that partially is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent or partially coextensive with a county subdivision but treated as independent of any county subdivision
- C7: An incorporated place that is independent of any county
- C8: The balance of a consolidated city excluding the separately incorporated place(s) within that consolidated government
- C9: An inactive or nonfunctioning incorporated place

DARK ORANGE lines: Shows all townships and CDPs in the United States and its territories and possessions
Class codes shown below the township and census designated places (CDP) name:
- T1: Governmentally active minor civil division (MCD) that is not coextensive with an incorporated place (this is often a township)
- T9: An inactive county subdivision
- Z1: A nonfunctioning county subdivision
- Z3: A county subdivision defined as an unorganized territory
- U1: A census designated place with an official federally recognized name
- U2: A census designated place without an official federally recognized name
- U5: A census designated place that is coextensive with a county subdivision

OTHER NOTES:
- The Search places box uses a standard Google Maps geocoding engine, therefore you can type street addresses, road names, points of interest, and GPS coordinates (see * above) to see what county that location is part of.
- Many of the map layers from which this information is extracted are very large, so it may take several seconds for all of the map layers to finish drawing
- Because the map layers are large, boundaries will not be shown if you are zoomed out too far
- Avoid using the zoom in/zoom out buttons or panning the map repeatedly, as it will cause the queries to fire repeatedly and may produce erratic results. A better way to go to a new location is to single-click the map at a nearby location, or type a new location at the top of the map. Note that typing an address will zoom in the map very close, whereas typing a city or county by itself will show you a map with a wider view.
- You can expand the map window by clicking the "expand" button in the upper right; once expanded, click "reset" to reset the map window to its original size
- Disclaimer: Note that the map layers and Google Maps are not of engineering level accuracy, and therefore this tool should not be used for legal purposes or anything beyond entertainment value.

SOURCE:
- US Census Bureau, 2018

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