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Cities and Towns

What this map layer shows:

The locations of over 38,000 towns and cities as of 2013.
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Background Information
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Cities and towns include both incorporated places and populated places that are simply named locations with clustered or scattered buildings and a permanent human population. The Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) is the official repository for populated place names in the United States. This map layer was compiled by the U.S. Geological Survey using information from GNIS and the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Cities and Towns of the United States map layer includes the locations of more than 38,000 towns and cities in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Descriptive information includes name and county location; the population value from the 2000 census when known; Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) codes for the populated place, county, and State; and an indication of whether the city or town is a capital or a county seat.

This map layer was produced by the National Atlas of the United States. It is part of our collection of fundamental digital cartographic data known as 1. This collection includes base map data in vector format at 1:1,000,000-scale and in image format at 100-meter resolution. Read more about the 1.

In cooperation with national mapping programs in Canada and Mexico, we also produce a map layer of populated places across North America.


Data Download
Cities and Towns 2013

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