View Elevation on Google Maps with this free tool.

See the Elevation / Altitude for any city, address or place, and create an Elevation Profile on Google Maps anywhere in the world. Also show county lines and county name labels in the U.S., U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico and Switzerland. Optionally add city limits and township boundaries in the U.S.

  1. Type any place or address in the "Search places" box above the map*
    OR: Zoom into your place of interest on the map
    The approximate elevation will be shown for the red dot. Also, county lines will draw on the map, and the county name, state name**, country name and latitude/longitude for your chosen location will appear at the bottom of the map***
  2. Click the "Use m/km" button to use the metric system (meters and kilometers). Click "Use ft/mi" to use the imperial system (feet and miles).
  3. Click the blue "Elevation Profile..." button to create an elevation profile along the path you draw. Click the "Stop Drawing" button when you're done, and an Elevation Profile will appear.
  4. Check the "Show similar elevations" checkbox to see all the places on the map with elevations similar to your chosen location This option draws contour lines that are within +/-50ft vertical of the red dot (or +/- 50m vertical, if you're using metric). The contours run in 20ft (20m) intervals from green (low) to red (high)
  5. Optionally, check the "Also show US city limits" checkbox in the lower left corner of the map to see City Limits overlaid on the map (available in the U.S. only)
    Also show US townships by checking the box in the lower left corner of the map
  6. Check the "Show county labels" checkbox in the lower left corner of the map to see the names of the counties on the map
  7. Click the "⊕ Locate" button in the upper right corner of the map to use your current location † and quickly answer "what county am I in?"
  8. Subscribe in the top header to receive notification of tool updates and usage tips
* You can also type in GPS coordinates in decimal degrees into the Search places box. For example, type -105.25, 40 for Boulder, Colorado.
** or equivalent province, district, etc.
*** 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

How do you see Elevation on Google Maps?? Just follow the quick steps above and you will see your altitude or elevationdisplayed on a fully-interactive Google Map.

Do things such as:
- What is the elevation of this city?
- What is the elevation at this address?
- What is my elevation profile along this road or hiking route?

Also, do things such as:
- Find out what county am I in?
- Find county for an address
- Determine what county a city or township is located in
- Find out what county are these GPS coordinates located in (see * above)?
- plus any of a number of other topics where knowing counties and cities may be important, such as real estate, sales, education, field research and more

Try the new Section Township Range on Google Maps tool!

Looking for an all-in-one tool to explore multiple boundaries and climate on Google Maps? Here it is: Location Explorer on Google Maps.

  • Elevation coverage is worldwide. In the U.S., the vertical accuracy is typically within 8ft (2.44m), in the rest of the world the vertical accuracy is typically within 16m (52.5ft)
  • US coverage includes Counties in all 50 states plus Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa
    "Also show US city limits" draws all incorporated cities and towns in the United States and its territories and possessions
    "Also show US townships" draws all minor civil divisions (MCDs) (these are often townships)
  • Within the UK, England displays Counties and Unitary Authorities, Scotland displays Council Areas, Wales displays Principal Areas, and Northern Ireland displays Districts. Explanation of Unitary Authorities, Council Areas, Principal Areas and 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
  • Mexico displays Municipalities, which are the next level administrative divisions below State
  • Switzerland displays Districts

  • 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
  • When using "Elevation Profile...", you must click slowly due to slow interactions with the server
  • 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.

- US: United States Geological Survey
- Rest of World: U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration Jet Propulsion Labratory

- US: Census Bureau
- UK: Open Government License - Contains Office of National Statistics data, Ordnance Survey data ©Crown copyright and database right 2017. Open Data Lincese - Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland.
- Ireland: Open Data and Creative Commons License - Ordnance Survey Ireland
- Australia: Incorporates Administrative Boundaries ©PSMA Australia Limited licensed by the Commonwealth of Australia under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence
- New Zealand: Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 - Stats NZ
- Canada: Open License - Boundary Files, 2016 Census; Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 92-160-X
- Mexico: Instituto Nacional de EstadĂ­stica y GeografĂ­a (INEGI)
- Switzerland: Swiss Federal Office of Topography

Help improve this tool. Please comment.
Elevation on Google Maps tool, v 1.21 ©2019 Randy Majors

Have a website or blog? Create your own custom link to Google Maps with County Lines

Create a Sales Territory, Service Territory or Delivery Area map based on ZIP Codes, overlaid on Google Maps


Recent Popular Posts

Here's how you can see all County Lines on Google Maps

Overlay present-day county lines on the Historical U.S. Counties on Google Maps tool

Now use your current location on all mapping tools!