Where can I find shapefiles for 1kmx1km grid (UTM grid) for the entire USA? It seems everywhere that I looked at there were shapefiles for states separately or for some particular UTM zones. I don't want to end up join 50 shapefiles.

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I really don't know a better way to explain this but I will try. You cannot find the data-set because the projections are different for each zone since the "Zone" is in reference to a Projected Coordinate system which the data is in.

For example, Iowa has two zones so there are two separate files, one for UTM zone 14 and one for UTM zone 15. If you combined the different shp files your projection would be off for one if not both of the zones. You could always read up about Projected Coordinate Systems to get a better understanding the the concept. If you managed to merge all the zones together it would be a useless dataset (since the grids would be all sorts of skewed) thus defeating the purpose the the National Grid system in the first place. If you try to merge the shp files in ArcMap you will probably get an error caused by the different projections too. Hope I didn't come off harsh.

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    There are projections you can use to represent the whole country though (perhaps minus Alaska and hawaii) such as Mercator projection, U.S. National Atlas Equal Area and others. perhaps these could work
    – Louis
    Commented May 8, 2017 at 17:53
  • Thanks Peter. I got that. But honestly I am not targeting on UTM projection. I wrote UTM only to explain what kind of grid I am looking for. In fact, I've been looking for that grid on Mercator. But I couldn't find, so, since UTM uses that grid I thought if I can find a grid on UTM I can transform it to Mercator, which was a stupid idea. So is there a way to get the grid on Mercator? Commented May 9, 2017 at 4:28

I saw this post while I was looking for the U.S. National Grid System. I think this might work for you. I agree with the person above about the coordinate system, BUT if you want grids across the United States this could be a starting place. https://usngcenter.org/portfolio-item/usng-gis-data/

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