City Limits on Google Maps

Use this "Search places" box OR click the map
City Limits on Google Maps tool, v 3.29 ©2020 randymajors.org

City Limits on Google Maps

Show City Limits on Google Maps with this free tool

View a city limits map (aka city lines map or city boundaries map) on Google Maps. Check if an address is in city limits and see city boundaries. Optionally also show county lines and township boundaries on the map.

Quickly check if an address is within city limits and see a city borders map

TIPS FOR USING THIS CITY LIMITS 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
    OR: Click the "⊕ Locate" button in the upper right corner of the map to use your current location**
    City limits will draw and your selected city's boundaries will be highlighted in grey-blue. At the top 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 blue dot. †
  2. Also show townships by checking the box in the lower left corner of the map
    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.
** The "Locate" button will be more accurate on smartphones and other devices containing a GPS; desktop browsers typically show an approximate location
All information is reported based on the location of the blue dot on the map; to move the blue dot, click the map

FAQs for 'City Limits on Google Maps'

How do I see city limits on Google Maps?
This map tool shows city limits on Google Maps. You can also show county lines and township boundaries on the map by checking the box in the lower left corner of the map.
Show city limits map
This map tool shows city limits / city lines on Google Maps. Use current location by clicking the button in the upper right, or 'Search places' for city limits near the place you search.
How do I see township lines on Google Maps?
This tool shows city limits and township boundaries on Google Maps. Be sure and check the 'Also show US townships' box in the lower left corner of the map.

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 for the city you are in right now? Try the new WHAT CITY AM I IN? tool!

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

COVERAGE NOTES:

RANDOM-COLORED city regions: Shows all incorporated cities and towns in the United States and its territories and possessions
Class codes shown beside 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: If "Also show townships" is checked, dark orange lines are used to show all townships and CDPs in the United States and its territories and possessions
Class codes shown beside 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
  • 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
  • Disclaimer: While the number of decimals in the latitude and longitude displayed for the map marker imply a positional accuracy of within a few feet, note that Google Maps is not inherently that accurate, 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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