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Find Geospatial Vector Data

Find and download geospatial vector (point, line, or polygon) data using resources such as the ones in these tables. For information about supported file formats, see Supported Geospatial File Formats for Import and Export.


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ResourceProviderExamples of Products and Data Sets
OpenStreetMapOpenStreetMap®Crowd-sourced map data for the world
The National Map Download Application

US Geological Survey (USGS)

USGS National Boundary Dataset

Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS) Basemap Shapefiles

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Canada provincial boundaries (data link), Mexico state boundaries (data link)

Geography Program

US Census

TIGER/Line shapefiles and geodatabases, cartographic boundary files

US General Services Administration

Agriculture, climate, energy, local government

NOAA Shoreline Website


US coastlines, historical data

Shoreline / Coastline Resources

NOAA and National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)

Global Self-Consistent Hierarchical High-Resolution Geography (GSHHG) (read using the gshhs function)

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