State Map Sources
In addition to state road maps and state tourist maps, other kinds of
state maps include land plat maps, geological maps, and topographic maps
as well as recreation maps, boundary maps, and other kinds of charts,
surveys, and maps designed to showcase certain features or resources.
So where can you find state maps? There are many different sources,
depending upon what kind of map you are looking for.
Click the state map links on this page to view basic state map thumbnails
and to find maps and geographic information published by individual state
- Road maps. If you are planning to travel from Point A to Point
B, your best resource is most likely the state tourism office. The
state tourism office will at least offer standard road maps, although
some may surprise you with graphics or themes. For example, hiking
maps are popular in areas with lots of outdoor offerings, while shopping
maps are popular in areas that boast many retail outlets. The state
may also produce geological maps, soil maps, and natural resource maps,
as well as recreation maps and and maps related to travel, land use, and
industry. Commercial sources for state road maps include Rand McNally and Kappa Map Group.
- Atlases and travel guides. There are a number of commercial
publishers that specialize in atlases, travel guides, recreational and
business maps, and basic wall maps for use in the home and at work.
Map stores, book stores, and the Internet are great places to look for
these kinds of maps and resources.
- Historical maps. If you are looking for older state maps, a
good place to look is at state, county, and local historical societies
or agencies. The National Archives and Library of Congress are also good sources.
- Topographic maps. The
produces state topographic maps, as well as geologic and energy
investigations maps, seismicity maps, and land plat maps for public land.
- Maps depicting demographic trends. For state maps that
illustrate population size, ethnicity, income, and age, as well as maps
that feature utility use and per capita retail sales, the
Census Bureau is your best resource.
- Water-related maps. NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has state maps
related to waterways, lakes, rivers, in addition to aeronautical charts.
- Flood maps. Contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency's
Map Service Center for state flood
- Military Maps. For state maps that feature information on
military bases, personnel, and defense contracts, contact the
Defense Logistics Agency. These maps are available to
Department of Defense customers.
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State Map Sources