Geographic Information Systems
Interactive Mapping Sites
Unlike the data featured on the Data Collections page, these resources allow you to easily create maps on your desktop, without the use of GIS software. The sources below are by no means a comprehensive list, but offer a variety of boundaries and layers for customized mapping.
- National Geographic MapMachine
Create printable road, physical, and thematic maps for any part of the globe. Theme maps include data for population density, natural disasters, and other factors.
Driving directions and maps for the U.S., Canada and Europe, as well as maps for other countries.
- American FactFinder
Use the Data Sets link on the left to find Decennial Census Thematic Maps. Maps can be customized down to the Census Tract level for a variety of data, including race, age, and household statistics.
- U.S. Gazetteer
This gazetteer is used to identify places to view with the Tiger Map Server and obtain census data from the 1990 Census. Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files must be downloaded for use.
This data-mapping tool from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis enables users to create thematic maps of U.S. economic data by state, county, or metropolitan statistical area.
- National Atlas of the United States
Use the Map Maker link to customize a national, regional, or local map using layers from eleven different categories, including geology, biology, and people.
- U.S. Geological Survey National Map
This topographic map can be customized with various geospatial data layers.
- Google Maps
Directions, interactive maps, and satellite/aerial imagery of the United States.
- Virginia Gazetteer
- Richmond GIS WebMapper
Retrieve maps on several topics, including Education & Cultural, Political, and Property, and customize these maps with different layers. Location searches using the Property topic allow access ownership, value, and sale information for homes.
Provides links to a variety of mapping tools for local demographic and health information. These resources are in the Reports, Data & Articles section.
This "mashup" combines publicly-available crime data from the City of Richmond Police Department with the Google Maps interface. One nice feature is the neighborhood search.