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Map Projection - UTM

Question asked by pmcburney1 on Dec 8, 2015
Latest reply on Dec 8, 2015 by jborgion

Hey everyone,


I have a quick question about which projection to utilize based on my data and objective. I have a grid that is incremented by 5 miles with grid label points as centroids which is where I'm storing attribute data. These grid label points are very important for what I'm using the map for. (The points symbolize residential homes) The grid overlays the state of Virginia which falls into two UTM zones (17,18) but most of the state is in 17.


What is the best projection to use in this case? Would using utm17 cause much distortion and error?


- I am a beginner GIS user for the record.


Thank you!