Displaying County Lines on Google Maps

Google Maps doesn’t show county boundaries, so Randy Majors created a tool to display them. The tool is simple to use. Simply enter a place name and then click “GO.” The normal Google Map commands of Plus (+) and MINUS (-) can be used to zoom in and out on the displayed map

Simple, easy, and very effective. That’s the kind of tool that I appreciate. You can access County Lines on Google Maps at https://www.randymajors.com/p/countygmap.html.

Detailed instructions may be found at: https://www.randymajors.com/2018/08/you-cant-see-us-county-boundaries-in.html

Also, are you Looking for HISTORICAL county boundaries on Google Maps? If so, take a look at Randy Majors’ OTHER project: Historical U.S. County Boundary Maps at https://www.randymajors.com/p/maps.html.

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This is great, thanks for sharing, Dick.

Just one heads up that could be a gotcha for someone not familiar with Virginia or similar situations: Virginia has major cities that are independent of county governance. Richmond is one example of many. When you click on Richmond, it says “Richmond (Ic) County”

What looks like a lowercase L must be an uppercase I, (for “independent city” is my guess) but the word County following it is very misleading. Especially in the case of Richmond, which is an independent city and also a county in Virginia’s Northern Neck. It would be more clear if these cities just said Richmond City or something like that.

But this is a great service!

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Unfortunately, it doesn’t cover the UK (at all). Grrrh!

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You always have so much great information. I shared this story on FB and wrote – (your) (Eastman’s) “…blog is better than mine, much better…” but still begged people to also read mine. – Thanks for your work

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OpenStreetMap shows administrative boundaries by default, including counties, townships and so on. If you zoom in you can see the name of the boundary although you typically have to navigate to a corner to see where it is displayed.

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I have used http://www.mob-rule.com/gmap for years. No plug in, just enter a location (city, zipcode, coordinates) and you get a regular google map with county lines. You can zoom in very closely if you need to. It covers the US and Canada.

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You can display individual county boundaries without a tool and zoom in and out. Just type in the name of the county with the state. When I try the address listed (which does give a picture of the county lines for an entire state), I get a bunch of errors and cannot navigate.

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    The errors should be fixed now. Google was rate-limiting the tool because of too many hits, but it should be working now.
    -Randy

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I can’t get this site to work! I get an error message saying This page can’t load Google Maps correctly. What am I doing wrong?

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    The errors should be fixed now. Google was rate-limiting the tool because of too many hits, but it should be working now.
    -Randy

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I am only receiving a “Reverse Geocoder failed due to: OVER_QUERY_LIMIT” error. Anyone else experiencing this problem?

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    The errors should be fixed now. Google was rate-limiting the tool because of too many hits, but it should be working now.
    -Randy

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For England and Wales I highly recommend maps.familysearch.org which now takes you to https://www.familysearch.org/mapp provided by FamilySearch. Make good use of the dropdowns and layers. In my experience it is very accurate.

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Hi everyone — A quick update to let you know that my County Lines on Google Maps tool (https://www.randymajors.com/p/countygmap.html) now includes coverage for the US, Australia, Canada, UK and Ireland.

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UPDATE: The County Lines on Google Maps tool (https://www.randymajors.com/p/countygmap.html) now also includes counties for New Zealand, Canada and Switzerland.
So the full coverage of countries with county coverage is (details here: https://www.randymajors.com/2018/09/county-lines-on-google-maps-tool-adds.html ) :
– United States
– United Kingdom
– Ireland
– Australia
– New Zealand
– Canada
– Switzerland

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Mob Rules is now dead for address searches. For some reason, Randy’s map is being blocked by my IT department, so I’m trying to get that fixed. I’m hoping this is something similar – that I can plug in an address and it zooms in and gives me the county. Fingers crossed!

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    Hi Laura
    Yep, that’s how my tool works exactly 🙂
    I’m curious what would be causing the site to be blocked by your IT department because it is secure using https. If you find out what they say is causing it, please let me know.
    Thanks,
    Randy

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I use google maps to create my own route / layered maps.
Is it possible for the county lines to be shown during this process ?

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Similar in funtionality to my County Lines tool, I’ve also released a similar tool that displays US ZIP Code boundaries on Google Maps. It can be found here: https://www.randymajors.com/p/zipcodegmap.html

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You can now use your current location in the randymajors.com mapping tools to determine what county or ZIP Code you’re currently in. This functionality is present in the Historical US County Boundary Maps, County Lines on Google Maps and ZIP Codes on Google Maps tools. You can read more about it here: https://www.randymajors.com/2018/12/now-use-your-current-location-on-all.html

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Is there a way that I can grab the kml file for a specific county? I create a lot of custom content on Google Earth, and looking for a way to create kml files for counties.
Thanks

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I just found this! It is so valuable to me in my work. Thank you so much for creating it.

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    Thanks Erin R! Glad it helps! Would love to know more about what type of work you use it for if you’re interested in leaving me a message on the Contact form at the bottom of the randymajors.com website.

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