I'm working on some code that maps data across the continental US.

I need to project things with a unit length of feet, ex: EPSG:26916.

Is there a projection like 26916 that works for all of the US?

As far as I can tell there are longitude limits for accuracy with 26916.

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    As a starting point, check here: gis.stackexchange.com/questions/141580/…. Choosing a projection is quite a broad topic, and often there is no "correct" answer. It usually boils down to whether you want to preserve distance, shape, angle, or can be satisfied with a compromise.
    – phloem
    Commented Oct 29, 2018 at 22:25
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    That's UTM - definitely not appropriate for the continent. UTM is poor choice usually, but we have to align with it because so many local authorities adopted it long ago. More discussion geocompr.robinlovelace.net/…
    – mdsumner
    Commented Oct 29, 2018 at 22:42

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I'd start with EPSG:2163 aka US National Atlas equal area, this fulfils all of your needs except it is in metres not feet. But that is a simple multiplication fix (unless you are NASA).


This looks like it has been replaced by EPSG:9311

  • This is deprecated now. Any new suggestions @Ian?
    – zabop
    Commented Sep 8, 2022 at 9:29

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