City Limits on Google Maps

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randymajors.com City Limits on Google Maps tool, v 1.1 ©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 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.
City limits will draw, and the name of the city for the map center will appear at the bottom of the map. (A class code will appear in parenthesis below the city name. See below for details)
2. OR: Click the map to see the city name for where you clicked or just type another place name or address
3. NEW! Also show county lines by checking the box in the lower left corner of the map
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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
Detail 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

LIGHT ORANGE lines: Shows all census designated places
Detail codes shown below the census designated place name:
- 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

SOURCE:
- US Census Bureau, 2018

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