Mapping Data

Learn about all options for accessing and mapping NHGIS boundary files.

  • Mapping Options
    There are two options for mapping NHGIS data: One option is to download boundary files and use them in a Geographic Information System. The second option is to create maps using Social Explorer, an online mapping application.
  • Boundary File Availability
    See what geographies by decade are available.
  • Download Mapping Files
    NHGIS provides two methods for obtaining mapping data in shapefile format.
  • Using NHGIS Data in a GIS
  • GIS Software
    There is both commercial and open source software available to analyze GIS data.
  • Online Mapping
    Links to online mapping sites that use NHGIS boundary files.

Supported By

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development National Science Foundation University of Minnesota