View Elevation on Google Maps with this free tool
See Google Maps elevation for any city, address or place, and create an Elevation Profile on Google Maps anywhere in the world. Keep reading to learn how to draw an elevation profile along any path, learn how to show contour lines near your chosen location, and how to keep your location automatically updated on the map.
In addition to this Google Maps elevation layer, you can 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. Have fun exploring with this Google Maps altitude tool!
Quick Tips for using this Elevation map tool
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 blue 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***
- 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). By default, U.S. users will see feet and users in the rest of the
world will see meters.
- Click the blue “Elevation Profile…” button to create an elevation profile along the path you
draw. Double-click the map at the last point you wish to draw, and an Elevation Profile will appear.
- 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 +/-60ft vertical of the blue dot (or
+/-60m vertical, if you’re using metric). In general, three contours will be draw at 20ft/m intervals above your
elevation in red and three contours will be draw at 20ft/m intervals below your clicked elevation in green.
- 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
- Check the “Show county labels” checkbox in the lower left corner of the map to see the names of the counties on 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). †
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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.
** or equivalent province, district, etc.
*** All information is reported based on the location of the blue dot on the map; to move the blue 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
FAQs for Elevation
How do you find elevation on Google Maps? Just follow the quick steps above and you will see your altitude or elevation displayed on a fully-interactive Google Map.
Answer questions 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?
- 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.
ELEVATION Sources– US: United States Geological Survey
– Rest of World: U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration Jet Propulsion Labratory
BOUNDARY LINE Sources– 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 Estadística y Geografía (INEGI)
– Switzerland: Swiss Federal Office of Topography
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