I've built a NY basic state map in QGIS using .shp files of counties, all in NAD83/UTM 18N projection. I downloaded a file of hospitals with lat/long coordinates and converted it to a delimited text file. When I go to Add Layer --> Add DTL and confirm the file, the lat/long, and select the projection, my facility points load... but far to the southwest of the rest of the map. If I zoom way out, I see the hospitals of NY floating far below the state, in about Guatemala.

What step am I missing to get my point data to overlay properly with the rest of the map?

FacID    Name   Short   Address City    Latitude    Longitude
1   Albany Medical Center Hospital  HOSP    43 New Scotland Avenue  Albany  42.65337    -73.773834
2   Albany Medical Center - South Clinical Campus   HOSP    25 Hackett Blvd Albany  42.645485   -73.77829
4   Albany Memorial Hospital    HOSP    600 Northern Blvd   Albany  42.674271   -73.749268
  • Show a few lines of your text file.
    – user30184
    Aug 7, 2016 at 17:29
  • Could it be wrong long/lat order?
    – plablo09
    Aug 7, 2016 at 17:30
  • Tried reversing it just in case -- shows up the same, weirdly.
    – Jane L
    Aug 7, 2016 at 18:36

2 Answers 2


The CSV data you supplied is correct. Assigning EPSG:4326 to the layer, it loads fine on a OpenStreetMap background with the project CRS set to EPSG:3857:

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So you must have done something wrong with the shapefiles if they don't align.

  • Thanks, everyone, for the advice. AndreJ was right -- the problem was in my county .shp files, somehow. I downloaded a new set from the state, and the hospital data points are now loading correctly over them.
    – Jane L
    Aug 13, 2016 at 14:59

Judging from the sample of your dtf above, you need to specify your delimiter as a tab. It's likely set to a comma or pipe. enter image description here

Update: Are you trying to bring in your lat/long file into a projected coordinate system? That could be your problem. You'll need to bring it into a GCS (WGS84 lat/long most likely). Please let us know if any of these suggestions work for you.

  • Thanks for all these. Away from my QGIS-bearing laptop for a few days but will try all of the above over the weekend. I agree that it could be a problem with the .shp files over which these coordinates are being layered, or a projection issue. I believe the data are importing with tab selected as delimiter, though.
    – Jane L
    Aug 8, 2016 at 17:38
  • Try bringing in your points in a GCS (WGS84 or similar), then project them to your coordinate system.
    – jbalk
    Aug 9, 2016 at 4:04

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