Study Area Map
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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 the U.S.
To find out, just type your address into the Search places box above this city boundaries map tool.
Quick Tips for using this 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*
OR: Click the map to see the city name for where you clicked or just type another place name or address
OR: 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).**
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. †
- Show US townships by checking the box in the lower left corner of the map
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
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.
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, and GPS coordinates (see * above) 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.
Sources– US Census Bureau
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