Some GIS data sources

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There's a lot GIS data available out there, but where exactly is it and how can you find it? The list below will help to get you started.



  • With ArcGIS you get large amounts of up-to-date, ready-to-use content covering the entire world. This content comes from commercial providers and the GIS community.

Geospatial Data Gateway (GDG)

  • One-stop-source for environmental and natural resources data anytime, from anywhere, to anyone. Includes many links to other GIS data sites.

USGS – The National Map

USGS – National Hydrography Dataset (NHD)

  • Vector dataset containing features such as lakes, ponds, streams, rivers, canals, dams and stream gages. For use in general mapping and analysis of surface water systems.

USGS – National Map Viewer

US Census Bureau

  • Online interactive maps, tools and products to display and work with demographic data.

Internet Archive

GIS Data Depot

  • Users should be GIS-proficient and may require access to GIS software; Includes some international data and US State data bundles on CD-ROM, for a fee.


  • Online satellite imagery downloads in a variety of pixel sizes, for an additional fee can include a georeferenced worldfile with metadata.