Whatcom County, Washington - Cities Map
View City Limits on Google Maps, find city by address and check if an address is in city limits
See a city limits map on Google Maps, find city by address, check if an address is in city limits and more. See all city boundaries or city lines, and optionally show township and county boundaries.
Quickly answer Am I In City Limits and Is My Address In City Limits anywhere in Whatcom County, Washington
To find out, just type your address into the Search places box above this city boundaries map tool.
Quick Tips for using this Whatcom County, Washington City Limits map tool
- There are four ways to get started using this Whatcom County, Washington City Limits map tool
- In the “Search places” box above the map, type an address, city, etc. and choose the one you want from the auto-complete list
- Click the map to see the city name for where you clicked (Monthly Contributors also get Dynamic Maps)
- To search using GPS coordinates use the “Find lat long” box in the top right above the map*
- Click the ◉ button in the upper right corner of the map to use your current location. Click the ◉ button again to automatically update your location every 1, 5 or 10 minutes (Monthly Contributors also get an option to update every several seconds, shown as ◉A for Active).**
- Optionally, show US townships, county lines and labels by checking the boxes in the lower left corner of the map
- Subscribe to receive notification of tool updates and usage tips
* You can search using various formats of latitude longitude, including degrees, minutes and seconds; degrees
and decimal minutes; or decimal degrees
** The “Locate” button will be more accurate on smartphones and other devices containing a GPS; desktop browsers typically show an approximate location
Why would you need a map with city limits or city boundaries?
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.
Here are several example uses for city limits on Google Maps:
- Taxation Insights: Areas within city limits often have different tax structures and rates. Understanding variations in city sales tax and real estate taxes can help residents and businesses make informed financial decisions.
- Civic Responsibilities: For residents, understanding city limits can clarify which local government’s regulations and services apply to them, from voting districts to utility services.
- Business Opportunities: Entrepreneurs and investors can identify potential markets or underserved areas by clearly seeing where one city ends and another begins.
- Real Estate Decisions: Potential homebuyers or renters can make informed decisions based on a property’s location relative to city limits, taking into account school districts and available services.
- Cultural Engagement: City limits can define cultural or entertainment districts, helping visitors and locals explore and experience the unique vibes of different urban areas.
- Tourism and Recreation: Tourists can plan trips more efficiently, distinguishing between urban adventures within city limits and excursions in surrounding regions.
- Urban Navigation: Whether driving or walking, knowing city limits helps users understand their proximity to city centers, suburbs, or rural areas, optimizing their journey and ensuring they stay within desired boundaries.
- Research & Urban Planning: City limits provide crucial data points for urban planners, sociologists, and geographers studying urbanization, infrastructure, and demographics.
- Public Safety: For law enforcement and emergency services, clear city boundaries aid in jurisdictional responsibilities, ensuring timely and appropriate responses.
- Local Campaigns and Advocacy: Grassroots movements, political campaigns, and community organizers can tailor their strategies and outreach based on city boundaries.
- Environmental Impact Studies: Researchers assessing environmental impacts can utilize city limits to focus on urban ecosystems, pollution levels, and conservation efforts.
- Educational Context: Students and educators benefit from visualizing city limits when discussing local history, governance, and urban development.
- Commercial Logistics: Businesses involved in delivery, transportation, or logistics can optimize routes and operations based on city boundaries.
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.
Find Cities by radius or by drawing a line or shape
- To find Cities within a radius or near a line or shape you draw*:
- Click the “Selection Tools” button in the lower left corner of the map
- – RADIUS SELECT: To find Cities within a radius, specify the mileage in the “Select map features within x miles of the
shapes I draw” box, then use the Point “Add a marker” tool to draw the center point of the radius
– TOUCHING A LINE OR SHAPE: To find Cities that touch a line or a shape you draw, use the Line tool or Shape tool to draw the shape, double-clicking when finished
– WITHIN DISTANCE OF A LINE OR SHAPE: To find Cities that are within a distance of a line or a shape you draw, first specify the mileage in the “Select map features within x miles of the shapes I draw” box, then use the Line tool or Shape tool to draw the shape, double-clicking when finished
- The Cities and City Limits will be highlighted and listed in a “Results from map” box below the map, where
you can copy the selected Cities for use in a spreadsheet or other document
– Optionally, keep drawing shapes to select more Cities
- When you are finished selecting Cities, click the “DONE Selecting” button in the lower left corner of the map
* Cities will get selected if any part of the shape you draw falls within the city limits
FAQs for Whatcom County, Washington - Cities Map
Looking to show only County Lines on Google Maps? Here it is: County Lines.
Coverage NotesRANDOM-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 “Show US townships” is checked, dark orange lines are used to show all active townships in the United States and its territories and possessions
Townships with the following US Census Bureau minor civil division class codes are shown:
– 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
– Z2: A county subdivision that is coextensive with an American Indian, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian area and legally is independent of any other county subdivision
– Z3: A county subdivision defined as an unorganized territory
City Limits depicted include the following types of incorporated places for each state
|Alaska||borough, city, municipality|
|Delaware||city, town, village|
|District of Columbia||city|
|Florida||city, town, village|
|Georgia||city, unified government, town|
|Illinois||city, town, village|
|Kentucky||city, urban county|
|Louisiana||city, town, village|
|Maryland||city, town, village|
|Mississippi||city, town, village|
|Missouri||city, town, village|
|New Jersey||borough, city, town, village|
|New Mexico||city, town, village|
|New York||city, village|
|Northern Mariana Islands||village|
|North Carolina||city, town, village|
|Pennsylvania||borough, city, municipality, town|
|South Carolina||city, town|
|South Dakota||city, town, village|
|Tennessee||city, metropolitan government, town|
|Texas||city, town, village|
|US Virgin Islands||town|
|Utah||city, town, township|
|West Virginia||city, corporation, town, village|
- The Search places box uses a standard Google Maps geocoding engine, therefore you can type street addresses, road names, points of interest, etc. to see what city 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 may imply a positional accuracy of within a few feet, note that Google Maps and the source data may not be that accurate. Accordingly, this tool should not be used for legal nor surveying purposes or anything beyond entertainment value.