GIS Data Download Sites

Local and Regional (North Carolina) Data Resources

Many county and city governments allow data downloads from their websites. For the most current local data links, go to the Counties or Cities pages.

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North Carolina Data Sources

Many public download sites for statewide datasets are listed on the webpages found linked under the Libraries Geodata Collection.

NC OneMap
Provides comprehensive discovery and access to North Carolina's geospatial data resources.

Department of Environmental Quality
Open Data website that aggregates data from multiple departments. We'll still keep the links below for the time being, however.

Topographic Map Indexes - 1:24,000, 1:100,000 and 1:250,000 scale index maps from the Division of Energy, Mineral, and Land Resources.

Department of Transportation - Listing of GIS and Mapping resources offered by NCDOT, including the Official County Boundary file.

NC Geodetic Survey - Numerous GIS and GPS resources and tools, including Geodetic Monuments (zoom in on the map to view and pull up data details).

NC Coastal Atlas - Multi-partner mapping and data download site for NC Coastal Plain and Outer Banks data.

Floodplain Mapping Program

NC LIDAR Data download - Includes QL2 (2 points/meter) circa 2010's and legacy data circa early 2000's. Sign up for an NCID to log in if you don't already have one.

North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics

State Data Center - Demographics and other tabular data - can be mapped by county or other geographies in the tables.

U.S. Data Sources
Data downloads, WMS links, and/or access via ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS layer files.
The Esri Maps and Data Group, as well as other groups "owned by Esri" are highly recommended for their various basemap layers. Predominantly US-based data, but also some from international sources.
Comprehensive source for data from federal executive branch agencies in multiple formats.

USGS National Map
Download site for multiple data layers, including topography, hydrography, transportation, geographic names, boundaries, land cover, and more. The Small-Scale collection is good for contextual (overview) or large extent maps as most of the data were compiled at a scale of 1:2,000,000.

USGS EarthExplorer
Imagery, DEMs, Landcover, and other satellite and derivative data.

USDA Geospatial Data Gateway
Natural resources and environmental data, including soils, climate, and many other features.

USGS Water Resources
Downloadable spatial data files for exploration and analysis of water resources.

US Fish and Wildlife Services
Geospatial Services from the USFWS

US Census Bureau Maps and Data
Links to online resources, including TIGER data, from the Census Bureau.

NOAA National Weather Service
National Weather Service data sets available in downloadable shapefiles, web services and KML files.

FEMA GeoPortal
Geospatial data and analysis that informs emergency management.

USGS Links to Maps and Other Products
Links to many sources of Aerial Photographs & Satellite Imagery, Digital Maps & Data, Publications, Software, etc.

GIS Inventory
An inventory of GIS data and directory of GIS people nationwide, maintained by the National States Geographic Information Council.

Global and/or International Data

Open Street Map
Comprehensive crowdsourced data. Several online services provide shapefiles, CAD files, and other formats of OSM data for download:

NASA EarthData
Datasets, geo news, and articles from the Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS)

GEOSS international geospatial data and services portal
Maintained by the European Space Agency

UN Food and Agriculture Organization GeoNetwork
Search for spatial databases, digital maps, satellite images and related statistics covering areas worldwide, produced by UN organizations.

Global Change Master Directory
Directory of many earth science data sources and services available worldwide.

Canadian Free Data (GeoGratis)

United Kingdom

China Data Center
Univ. of Michigan center that provides variety of data resources on China, including GIS