Now feel free to add City Limits to your County Maps — and actually see what’s going on!

This enhancement pertains to the County Lines on Google Maps and Elevation on Google Maps tools. As you may already know, you can choose to show US City Limits on your county lines map by checking the “Also show US city limits” checkbox in the lower left corner of the map. If you’ve done that before, and happened to be looking in a busy metro area, you get a somewhat jumbled mess of red lines, making it hard to distinguish counties and cities.  Here’s what it used to look like: Now, when you check the “Also show US city limits” checkbox, … Read more

New Tool shows Elevations on Google Maps, all over the world

With the new Elevation on Google Maps tool, you can find the elevation of any place worldwide. Use the “Search places” box to type an address, city or other place, and see it’s approximate elevation, or just explore by clicking around the map.  In addition to elevation, the tool will also display other information about your chosen location, such as city, county, state, country and latitude/longitude. Here’s an example showing the historic center of Mexico City at about 7,359 feet: Want to see an elevation profile along your path or route? Just click the blue “Elevation Profile…” button on the left … Read more

Several upgrades to the City Limits on Google Maps tool

Following on from the enhancements to the County Lines on Google Maps tool, I’ve made several improvements to the City Limits on Google Maps tool as well: 1. In addition to the city limits drawing, you can optionally choose to show county lines as well.  Just check the “Also show county lines” checkbox in the bottom left corner of the map: 2.  There are a couple of enhancements related to Latitude/Longitude or GPS coordinates.  The first one is that the Latitude/Longitude of the place you clicked on (or typed) appears at the bottom of the map (Also, the area of … Read more

County Lines on Google Maps enhancements, Time Zones and Area Codes tools released

QUICK LINK TO THE MAP TOOL:  County Lines on Google Maps This is just a quick note to let you know of a few enhancements to the County Lines on Google Maps tool, as well as the release of the worldwide Time Zones on Google Maps tool. First, for the county lines tool: 1.  When searching in the US, you can now choose to also show City Limits at the same time as County Lines.  Just check this little box in the lower left corner of the map: With “Also show US city limits” checked, you’ll be able to click on … Read more

Latitude and Longitude now displayed on County Lines on Google Maps tool

A few users have requested the ability to see the latitude and longitude for their chosen location while using the County Lines on Google Maps tool.  This functionality has now been added. As usual, just start by typing in a place name or address for which you want to see nearby county lines, then click “Go!”.  Now, in addition to seeing the county name at the bottom of the map, just below that you will also see the latitude and longitude for the red map marker, as shown below: The latitude and longitude displayed is for the red map marker, … Read more

First County Lines, now ZIP Code boundaries on Google Maps!

QUICK LINK TO ZIP CODES:  ZIP Codes on Google Maps QUICK LINK TO COUNTY LINES:  County Lines on Google Maps After the great response to my County Lines on Google Maps tool, I’ve heard a number of suggestions for other types of boundaries that Google Maps doesn’t show.  One that has come up a number of times is for ZIP Codes. Yes, you can see one ZIP Code boundary at a time on Google Maps desktop version, but that’s of limited use if you’re trying to see all of the ZIP Codes in an area and don’t know what they are … Read more

County Lines on Google Maps tool adds coverage of 4 more countries

Just a quick note to let you know that New Zealand, Canada and Switzerland have been added to the County Lines on Google Maps tool! Update as of 29 Dec 2018:  Mexico Municipalities have been added, which are the next level administrative division below State. So, the full line-up of countries where you can see counties is: – United States – United Kingdom – Ireland – Australia – New Zealand – Canada – Mexico – Switzerland Please note that not all countries use counties. So in those cases, the tool will show the administrative division that exists between the state … Read more

County Lines on Google Maps adds coverage for Australia

If you’re Australian or familiar with Australian government hierarchy (which I wasn’t!), the first thing you may ask is what is a “county” in Australia, as it evidently doesn’t exist. According to Wikipedia, “Unlike Canada or the United States, there is only one level of government in each state, with no distinction such as cities and counties.”  Instead, Australia uses Local Government Areas (LGAs). So now the County Lines on Google Maps tool includes all of the Australian LGA boundaries! Here’s a snapshot from the southeastern part of Australia, with the city and state name for the red marker displayed at … Read more

Noteworthy enhancements to County Lines on Google Maps tool

I’ve just updated the new County Lines on Google Maps tool to include a few noteworthy enhancements: 1.  You can now view counties across multiple states at the same time.  This can be especially useful if you’re exploring an area near a state line, as shown below.  The county and state name is displayed at the bottom of the map. 2.  Once you’ve typed in your initial place of interest, you can then click around the map to display other counties, or type a new place if you prefer.  The performance speed for doing all of this has been improved considerably. … Read more

County Lines across the pond – UK and Ireland coverage added

QUICK LINK TO THE MAP TOOL:  County Lines on Google Maps Updated January 2020 Thanks to many of you for the great feedback on my new County Lines on Google Maps tool! Several of you commented (or lamented) at the UK and Ireland not being included.  So now they are! Here are a couple of screenshots: As before, to get started just type any place name (just as you would in Google Maps) and click Go!  You can then type another name, zoom in, click in another county, and so on. I hope you find these additions useful! SHORTCUT TO USE YOUR … Read more