GIS and Geospatial Data

This guide provides information on GIS software, training/classes available at the University of Arizona, where to find geospatial data, and interactive and static maps.   

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GIS Software and ServicesDownload Spatial Data – View Online Maps

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Arizona Department of Transportation – includes static maps as well as interactive maps showing Arizona highways, Indian reservations, bicycle suitability, railroads, rest areas, congressional districts, and information on air quality, traffic, and much more.

Arizona Digital Sanborn Maps (UA only) – detailed maps of Arizona cities and towns showing building outlines, construction materials, heights, function street names, street widths, building use and house of block numbers. Dates available for each city or town varies. Coverage: 1886-1949.

Arizona Geospatial Data and Maps – provides metadata, geospatial data to preview and download and simple prepared maps you can view, save, or print. 

Arizona State Cartographers Office – provides access to Arizona Map Viewer, Arizona Imagery Server, Arizona GeoServer Viewer, and Arizona Ramona GIS Inventory. 

Arizona Redistricting Maps – the current Arizona Redistricting Commission has approved the final congressional and legislative maps and has submitted them to the U.S. Department of Justice. 

Arizona State Legislative District Map – Pre-2011 District Locator.  Redistricting maps for 2001-2009

Bureau of Land Management (Arizona) – includes historical survey plats

Defining the Southwest: Historical Maps

Mapping the Grand Canyon National Park

Maps of the PimerĂ­a: Early Cartography of the Southwest – online exhibit of maps from the 16th, 17th, 18th, and 19th century.

Maricopa County Flood Control – provides access to Maricopa County's digital flood plains and aerial orthophotos.

Maricopa County GIS Portal – interactive mapping sites for Planning and Development, Flood Control, Assessor, Elections/Recorder, and Survey.

Maricopa County Planning and Development – provides easy access to the information and maps associated with the zoning, annexations, floodplain and other delineations within Maricopa County.

Oro Valley Map Center – provides interactive and static (.pdf) maps pertaining to issues relevant to Oro Valley. The layers include streets, environment, zoning, and riparian areas.

Phoenix: Bird's Eye View of Phoenix, c. 1885

Pima County Department of Transportation GIS – provides access to Pima County GIS data and maps (via Autodesk MapGuide), such as parcel, street, wildland fire maps.

Santa Rita Experimental Range (SRER) – includes maps, photographs, charts, reports, and metadata pertaining to SRER studies on vegetation, precipitation, grazing, soil, water, and more.

Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan Maps – includes maps you can view or print and a link to the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan interactive map.

Tucson Department of Transportation – includes community information relating to residential and commercial real estate, neighborhood associations, voter precincts, highways, traffic, washes, and much more.

Yavapai County GIS Interactive Mapping



Mexico 1:50,000 Scale Vector Data Viewer (UA only) – provides access to geospatial data for the Mexican states of Baja California Norte, Sonora, and Chihuahua. You can view and extract 85 map layers (as shapefiles, or AutoCad files) for Baja California Norte, Sonora, and Chihuahua.

INEGI (Instituto Nacional de Estadistica y Geografia) – provides access to interactive maps.   


Other States/United States

American FactFinder – Bureau of the Census site for 1990- 2010 census data, and the American Community Survey from 2000-on.

American Memory Project Maps – wide variety maps from the Library of Congress

Business Analyst Online and BA Desktop (UA only) – UA has access via ArcGIS Online to BAO and BA Desktop. Contact Andrew Honaman at or Tawny Lochner at for log-in information.

Community Analyst (UA only) – UA has access to Community Analyst via ArcGIS Online.  Contact Andrew Honaman at or Tawny Lochner at for log-in information.

EPA Enviromapper – create maps by state, county, city, zip code, or EPA region.

EPA MyEnvironment – Environmental maps and information for a particular area.  You can search by address, zip, city, county, waterbody, or park name. 

GEOFred – Data mapping tool which displays color-coded data on the state, MSA, and county levels. 

Inforain – website for Ecotrust, a non-profit organization devoted to the conservation economy in the coastal temperate rain forests of North America. You can create maps, view reports and information systems, and download data.

Inside Idaho – provides geospatial data and spatial information about Idaho.

Make a Map with the National Atlas of Canada

National Atlas of the United States – provides maps of data collected by the U.S. government, focusing on natural and sociocultural landscapes.

National Geographic's Map Machine

ProQuest Sanborn Maps Geo Edition (UA only) – Sanborn maps with GIS information where you can locate data by address or geographic coordinates and layer maps from different years and over modern street, satellite, and hybrid layers using an integrated map API or importing into GIS tools. Covers: Baltimore, Maryland; Boston, Massachusetts; Charlotte, North Carolina; Chicago, Illinois; Detroit, Michigan; Los Angeles, California; Miami, Florida; New York, New York; Newark, New Jersey; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Richmond, Virginia; Seattle, Washington.

Social Explorer (public access and UA only) – provides easy access to current and historical census data and demographic information for the United States through maps and customized reports. Also includes data from the U.S. Census' American Community Survey and 1980-2000 Religious Congregations and Membership Study. Data used in Social Explorer is available from the National Historic GIS.

A Tapestry of Time and Terrain - U.S. Lower 48 States

United States Coast Survey.  Historical Map & Chart Collection – scanned maps from the U.S. Coast Survey from 1807 to the present. Search by pointing on a map or by geographic name. 

Wildfire Information - GeoMAC (Geospatial Multi-Agency Coordination Group)



Atlas of South Australia

Atlas of Living Australia – contains information on all the known species in Australia aggregated from a wide range of data providers: museums, herbaria, community groups, government departments, individuals and universities.

Baltic Sea Region GIS, Maps and Statistical Database – includes interactive map, metadata, and data in Idrisi, ArcInfo, ArcView, and MapInfo formats.

Harvard GeoSpatial Library

LandScan 2013 (UA only) – global population database, showing the ambient population distribution produced by an algorithm which incorporates sub-national census reports, satellite imagery, and local knowledge. The population data is gridded at 30 arc seconds (~1 sq. km) in a GIS raster format. You can view and download the data through the interactive web interface or through ArcGIS software via WMS or WCS GIS server connection.

North American Environmental Atlas – provides access to seamless, accurate cartographic data, including maps, documentation, and interactive map layers at a scale of 1:10,000,000 for the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.


Health & GIS

Social Explorer (public access and UA only) – provides easy access to current and historical census data and demographic information for the United States through maps and customized reports. Also includes data from the U.S. Census' American Community Survey and 1980-2000 Religious Congregations and Membership Study. Data used in Social Explorer is available from the National Historic GIS to download.

PolicyMap (UA only) – easy-to-use mapping program that includes over 15,000 US demographic and socioeconomic data indicators from the neighborhood census block to national levels. Data about demographics, neighborhood conditions, real estate markets, income, jobs and economy, education, crime, and health can be presented as maps, tables, charts and reports. Use their data or upload your own to create customizable maps with a wide variety of data variables. Results may be shared and exported.

Border Studies

Humane Borders – This web site is the result of ongoing partnership between the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner and Humane Borders, Inc. Provides geographic information allowing users to query data concerning migrant deaths, view data using on-line maps and tables, and download data for further use. 

Rural Assistance Center (RAC) – A product of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Rural Initiative, RAC offers a collection of Rural Border Health Maps that you can customize by using the free mapping tool at Community Commons (listed below in Other Resources). RAC also offers other health related maps, which you can access by clicking here.


CDC GIS Web Applications – Collection of CDC-hosted GIS web resources for visualizing data. Subjects include: Environmental Health Analyst, Migrant Clinicians’ Network HEART, Reproductive Health, WONDER-GATHER Mapping Extension, as well as state and county level applications. 

CDC Chronic Disease GIS Exchange – An online forum for showcasing maps of heart disease, stroke, and other chronic diseases (e.g., cancer, diabetes, and asthma) as well as learning Geographic Information Systems (GIS) techniques and accessing a wide range of GIS-related resources. The site encourages the use of GIS to document the burden of chronic diseases, inform and guide policy and program decisions, build and strengthen partnerships, and facilitate collaboration among health department programs, especially within chronic disease units. 

CDC NCHHSTP Atlas –The NCHHSTP Atlas is an interactive tool for accessing HIV, AIDS, viral hepatitis, tuberculosis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and primary and secondary syphilis data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP). Currently, the Atlas provides interactive maps, graphs, tables, and figures showing geographic patterns and time trends. The NCHHSTP has also created a YouTube tutorial to help. In addition, the NCHHSTP has created pre-made presentations that can be used as is with examples of the analyses that can be performed with the Atlas. The site also provides state profiles for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB that include statistics and descriptions of prevention and control programs supported by CDC and state public health officials.

Diabetes State Atlas – Interactive tool to view maps and charts of diabetes data and trends at the U.S. state level. Features include 1) customizable maps and graphics of diabetes surveillance data; 2) an interactive application to view state-specific trends by age and sex; and 3) downloadable maps, charts, and data tables that can be used in grant applications, reports, articles, and publications.

Epi Info 7.1.4 – simple tools that allow rapid creation of data collection instruments and data analysis, visualization, and reporting using epidemiologic methods. Epi Map module displays geographic maps with data from Epi Info. Built around ESRI MapObjects software displaying shapefiles containing geographic boundaries layered with data results from the Analysis module. Link to guided tutorials can be found here


Enforcement & Compliance History Online – ECHO permits dynamic mapping of federal and state EPA data, enabling searches for air, water, hazardous waste, enforcement cases, and facilities data. It also maps annual federal and state EPA enforcement actions, and includes a Clean Water Act trends map for the state and federal level, with information on permits, inspection coverage, compliance monitoring, enforcement action, and total assessed penalties. One is able to search by address, zip, city, county, waterbody, or park name.

Indian Health Service (IHS)

GIS System map – was created from Indian Health Service data and publicly accessible data such as the National Atlas, U.S. Census Bureau, and the U.S.G.S. Geographic Names Information System. Several of the background layers are added using internet map services from the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI). The map layers and data on this site are available to the public and can be downloaded, as well as used to create maps using the map interface provided.

*This is a young product and will be continually growing to include more data so check back frequently to see what is available.


Global Health Atlas – From the World Health Organization (WHO), this atlas brings together standardized data and statistics for infectious diseases at the country, regional and global levels. (World Health Organization)

HealthMap - Global Disease Alert Map – Brings together disparate data sources to achieve a unified and comprehensive view of the current global state of infectious diseases and their effect on human and animal health.(Boston Children’s Hospital)

Visualizing a Changing Region, Block by Block" Map – Launched by the Center for Urban Research at the CUNY Graduate Center, this interactive map offers 2000-2010 race and ethnic population change at the neighborhood level for 15 metro areas.


USDA Food Environment Atlas – Provides data at state (few at county) level concerning access and proximity to grocery stores, availability of food stores and restaurants, expenditures on food and restaurants, food assistance, food eaten at home, food insecurity, food prices, food taxes, health (diabetes, adult and preschool obesity), local foods, etc.


Disease Maps – provides US maps for the reported outbreaks of 8 diseases down to the county level, with a breakdown of reported cases by month at the state level. The diseases mapped here are West Nile Virus, St. Louis Encephalitis, Western Equine Encephalitis, La Crosse Encephalitis, Powassan Virus, and both local and imported Dengue Fever. Click on the disease name to see detailed US maps, then click on a state for the county and monthly outbreak details. Each disease's page has a link to background information on it with a brief description of the disease, and a link to historical maps for it with most going back to 2003.

Other resources

Community Commons – A free interactive mapping, networking, and learning utility for the broad-based healthy, sustainable, and livable communities movement. Users have access to all kinds of tools and information. One highlight is the searchable profiles of hundreds of place-based community initiatives (multi-sector collaboratives) working towards healthy/sustainable/livable/equitable communities. Signing up 

Flu Vaccination Map – Mapping tool for researchers, providers, and health care workers to track influenza (flu) vaccination claims rates of Medicare beneficiaries in real-time. It includes information for every county and zip code in the United States. (Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) U.S.) 

HealthLandscape – Free and publicly available interactive web-based mapping tool that allows health professionals, policy makers, academic researchers, and planners to combine, analyze and display information in ways that promote better understanding of health and the forces that affect it. The tool can be used to create maps from publicly available data sets including regional criminal justice, education, healthcare, and demographic data, allowing users to discover community characteristics and share information with health professionals, policy makers, and legislators. (Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati) 

Justice Map – visualizes race and income data for US communities and counties powered by Census Data.  

State Cancer Profiles – The objective of the State Cancer Profiles website is to provide a system to characterize the cancer burden in a standardized manner in order to motivate action, integrate surveillance into cancer control planning, characterize areas and demographic groups, and expose health disparities. The focus is on cancer sites for which there are evidence based control interventions. Interactive graphics and maps provide visual support for deciding where to focus cancer control efforts. (National Cancer Institute, NIH (NCI)) 

Tapestry Segmentation – U.S. residential areas divided into 65 segments based on socioeconomic and demographic characteristics to provide an accurate, detailed description of U.S. neighborhoods. (ESRI)

TOXMAP – Allows users to create nationwide or local area maps using data from the U.S. EPA's Toxic Release Inventory. Users can search the system by chemical name, chemical name fragment, and/or location (such as city, state, or zip code). TOXMAP maps show where chemicals are released on-site into the air, water, and ground. It also identifies releasing facilities, single year releases, and chemical release trends over time. Also included are mortality data from the CDC and the National Cancer Institute, as well as age and gender data from US Census, and income data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. (National Library of Medicine, Specialized Information Services Division)

Last modified: September 15, 2015