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I want to make a map using ArcGIS and for that I need the limits of the cities of the area. Where I can get shapefiles for cities in the US?

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    Please take the community tour here: gis.stackexchange.com/tour and edit your question to include more details. For most regions, a simple google search of the state or region that you are interested in with either "GIS" or "Shapefile" included will return exactly what you are asking for. – MaryBeth Jul 5 '17 at 18:50
  • Welcome to GIS SE! As @MaryBeth has comment, please take the tour to learn about our focused Q&A format. A good question should include a degree of self research. Where have you looked already? What data did you find? In what way did that not work for you? – Midavalo Jul 5 '17 at 19:09
  • The Open Data Stack Exchange is likely to be more suitable when seeking open data even if it is spatial data. – PolyGeo Jul 5 '17 at 19:23
  • try google for this- "city Name shapefile boundary" almost all US counties will provide this if not the state – NULL.Dude Jul 5 '17 at 19:36

A quick search of Esri's website gives USA Census Populated Places which is taken from Census Bureau data.

Also, you can search the USGS's National Map Viewer . From the Datasets tab, check Small-scale Datasets, then under Subcategories check Boundaries (Small-scale), select Data Extent, File Format options etc. Then click the "Find Products" button. This should return your datasets with a link to download the shapefiles.


You can download OpenStreetMap Data from http://download.geofabrik.de/north-america.html as Shapfiles. Those Shapefiles contain information about landuse, roads, buildings, points-of-interest..

THIS following link might offer what you search. https://catalog.data.gov/dataset/usgs-small-scale-dataset-cities-and-towns-of-the-united-states-201403-shapefile

or this: https://catalog.data.gov/dataset?tags=cities

Many different categories are offered via census data. https://www.census.gov/geo/maps-data/data/tiger-cart-boundary.html

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