See a Google Map with township boundaries and find township by address with this free, interactive map tool. Optionally also show township labels, U.S. city limits and county lines on the map.
Quickly answer ‘What township is this address in’ and ‘What township do I live in’ anywhere in the U.S.
To find township by address, type the address into the Search places box above the map.
Quick Tips for using this Civil Townships map tool
- There are four ways to get started using this Civil Townships 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 township 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 township labels, US city limits, and county lines by checking the boxes in the lower left corner of the map
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* 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 civil township boundaries?
Here are several example uses for civil townships on Google Maps:
- Local Governance: Understanding township boundaries helps residents know which local government they fall under, aiding in civic engagement and accessing township services and resources.
- Land and Property Insights: For potential land buyers, farmers, and real estate agents, township boundaries provide clarity on land ownership, zoning regulations, and potential utility services.
- Tax Implications: Different townships might have varying tax rates or structures. Seeing these boundaries aids residents and businesses in navigating local tax responsibilities.
- Historical Context: Many townships have deep-rooted histories and traditions. Recognizing these boundaries can offer insights into local historical events and regional stories.
- Cultural Exploration: Just as with cities, townships often have their unique local cultures, festivals, and events. Knowing township borders can enrich cultural experiences.
- Infrastructure Planning: For urban planners and developers, township boundaries play a pivotal role in understanding local infrastructure needs and future development plans.
- Emergency Response: In emergencies, knowing township jurisdictions ensures a coordinated and swift response from local emergency services.
- Business Opportunities: Entrepreneurs can strategize better by recognizing township boundaries, considering local needs and preferences.
- Environmental Studies: Researchers looking into local ecosystems, farming practices, or conservation efforts can benefit from clearly defined township areas.
- Educational Relevance: Educators and students studying local geography, governance, or history can leverage township maps for a clearer understanding of the subject matter.
- Community Building: Grassroots movements, community organizers, and local NGOs can focus their efforts more effectively within specific townships.
- Transport and Connectivity: For logistics and transportation businesses, township boundaries can be crucial for route planning, especially in rural or semi-rural areas.
Find Civil Townships by radius or by drawing a line or shape
- To find Civil Townships 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 Townships 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 Townships 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 Townships 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 Townships and township limits will be highlighted and listed in a “Results from map” box below the map, where
you can copy the selected Townships for use in a spreadsheet or other document
– Optionally, keep drawing shapes to select more Townships
- When you are finished selecting Townships, click the “DONE Selecting” button in the lower left corner of the map
* Townships will get selected if any part of the shape you draw falls within the township boundaries
FAQs for Civil Townships
- Civil townships includes the boundaries of Civil townships, also called township limits,
town lines, or township borders. New England, New York and Wisconsin typically refer to townships as towns, and
Michigan uses charter townships.
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
- “Show US city limits” draws all incorporated cities and towns in the United States and its territories and possessions
- “Show county lines” in Counties in all 50 states plus Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa
Civil Township boundaries depicted include the following types of townships for each state
|Indiana||township, unorganized territory|
|Iowa||township, unorganized territory|
|Maine||gore, plantation, reservation, town, unorganized territory|
|Minnesota||township, unorganized territory|
|New Hampshire||grant, location, purchase, town, township|
|New York||borough, reservation, town, unorganized territory|
|Northern Mariana Islands||district|
|North Carolina||township, unorganized territory|
|North Dakota||township, unorganized territory|
|Puerto Rico||barrio, barrio-pueblo|
|South Dakota||township, unorganized territory|
|Vermont||gore, grant, town|
- 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 township 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 township 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
Listing of all U.S. County Maps showing Civil Townships and Township Boundaries