Information on the boundaries product and data model is available at The National Map Boundaries Web page.
The USGS generally relies on data from external sources to support its requirement for boundaries as a core layer in The National Map. Some of the primary sources for these data include the U.S.
What are technical limitations of the boundaries products, such as intended usage, known limitations, and intended scale or resolution?
Boundaries are acquired from a variety of sources with varying resolutions. In general, boundaries cannot be used for legal purposes. Specific information on limitations of use is documented in the metadata available in the data download content.
Yes, you can extract data by boundaries, such as State or County, by changing the "Selectable Polygons" setting in the Layer Control icon in the upper right corner of the map display in The National Ma
Map service metadata is available in TNM Viewer by clicking on the pull-down arrow in front of the Governmental Unit Boundaries base data layer in the table of contents under Overlays.
Since boundaries are acquired from a variety of sources, the currentness of the data may vary by type of feature and by area of coverage.
I need to know the official names and definitions (extents) of regions. For example, what is "the Midwest," "the South," etc.?
No official designations exist for regions at any level of government. The U.S.
The updates are variable. Since the USGS obtains most of this data from external sources, the frequency of updates depends on the release schedule of the source products.
Refer to the dataset attributes for the features. Download the data and view the feature attribute table to see these values.
There is no single agency responsible for national boundaries data. Some of the Federal agencies that have jurisdiction for boundaries include the following:
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