Location Explorer on Google Maps

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randymajors.com Location Explorer on Google Maps tool, v 1.2 BETA ©2019 Randy Majors

This free tool shows the City, County, State, ZIP Code, Area Code, Congressional District, Latitude/Longitude, Township/Range, Watershed, National Parks/Forests, Elevation, Slope and Aspect for your chosen location, all overlaid on Google Maps.

This interactive map displays Google Maps overlaid with the jurisdictions and physical descriptions for your chosen location. It is an all-in-one version of many of the other Google Maps tools found on this website (County Lines, City Limits, ZIP Codes, Area Codes), plus several unique to this tool (States, Congressional Districts, Latitude/Longitude, Watersheds, National Parks/Forests, Elevation, Slope and Aspect).

QUICK TIPS FOR USING THIS TOOL:

See the City, County, State, ZIP Code, Area Code, Congressional District, Latitude/Longitude, Township/Range, Watershed, National Parks/Forests, Elevation, Slope and Aspect anywhere in the United States by following the simple steps below.

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.
Boundaries for the City, County, State, ZIP Code, Area Code, Congressional District, Latitude/Longitude, Township/Range, Watershed, National Parks/Forests, Elevation, Slope and Aspect will draw based on the location of the red dot, and the name for each category will appear in the upper right corner of each map.
2. OR: Click the map to see all of the above boundaries for where you clicked or just type another place name or address
3. Share this tool using the social sharing buttons at the bottom of the page. Subscribe to this blog at right to stay abreast of updates and tips.


OTHER NOTES:
- Many of the map layers from which this information is extracted are very large, so it will often take 10-15 seconds for all of the map windows to finish drawing
- If the title in the upper right of each map window ends with "..." that means the map window is still processing the query and/or drawing the relevant boundaries
- 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.
- TIP: Clicking on the map that shows the topic you're most interested in (e.g. Elevation) will typically draw that map first before it draws the other maps
- 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 the map layers and Google Maps itself are not inherently that accurate, and therefore this tool should not be used for legal purposes or anything beyond entertainment value.

COVERAGE NOTES:
- MAP 1: Cities show incorporated city limits in the U.S.
- MAP 2: Counties show county boundaries in all U.S. states plus Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa
- MAP 3: States show all U.S. state boundaries plus Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa
- MAP 4: ZIP Codes include all U.S. states plus Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa
- MAP 5: Area Code Boundaries represent the geographic telephone area codes, also known as Numbering Plan Areas (NPAs), for the North American Numbering Plan (NANP) area which includes the following countries: United States and its territories and possessions, Canada, Bermuda, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, and Turks & Caicos. Excluded from this dataset are area codes considered to be non-geographic NPAs (area codes designating a specific service rather than a specific geographic area), such as toll-free area codes which encompass the entire NANP area.
- MAP 6: Congressional Districts cover all U.S. states plus Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa
- MAP 7: The Latitude/Longitude map also shows the Public Land Survey System (PLSS) Township and Range in US States where that is applicable
- MAP 8: Watersheds, also known as drainage basins, represent the major hydrologic unit boundaries for all of the U.S., Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands.
- MAP 9: National Parks/Forests show all federal lands in the U.S., Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands that are administered by the US Forest Service, US National Park Service and US Fish and Wildlife Service that are within a 10 mile radius of your chosen location (represented by the red dot).
- MAP 10: Elevation shows the elevation above mean sea level, in feet, for the red dot on the map. Coverage is the continental United States, parts of Alaska, Hawaii, and some territorial islands.
- MAP 11: Slope shows the localized steepness for roughly 150 feet around your chosen location, in degrees, where 0 degrees is flat and 90 degrees is vertical. Coverage is the continental United States, parts of Alaska, Hawaii, and some territorial islands.
- MAP 12: Aspect shows the localized compass direction that the slope of the land surface faces for roughly 150 feet around your chosen location, in degrees, where 0 degrees is north, 90 degrees is east, 180 degrees is south and 270 degrees is west. Coverage is the continental United States, parts of Alaska, Hawaii, and some territorial islands.

SOURCES:
- City Limits, County Lines, State Lines, ZIP Codes, Congressional Districts: US Census Bureau
- Area Codes, Watersheds, National Forests/Parks: Homeland Infrastructure Foundation-Level Data, U.S. Department of Homeland Security: public data
- PLSS, Elevation, Slope, Aspect: United States Geological Survey

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