I'm new to QGIS.

I'm trying to add a map just of the State of NJ. I figured out to load Google street map, but that's as far as I got.

My goal is to get a Map of NJ with its counties. I found a few maps online that are PDFs. Not sure how to bring it into QGIS and still be able to geocode with that.

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    download the shapefile and unzip then add (drag and drop) into QGIS > njogis-newjersey.opendata.arcgis.com/datasets/…
    – Mapperz
    Feb 20, 2019 at 20:38
  • Thank you, can I change the colors of the counties?
    – Scott
    Feb 20, 2019 at 21:02
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    Check out the "working with vector data" section of the QGIS Manual for information about changing vector layer style/symbology: docs.qgis.org/testing/en/docs/user_manual/working_with_vector/…
    – csk
    Feb 20, 2019 at 21:08
  • I was able to open the attribute table, and select a section of the map, But can't seem to find how to change the color of that one section.
    – Scott
    Feb 20, 2019 at 21:19
  • I recommend not thinking about GIS SE as being some sort of online GIS tutor. For your questions to be answered here they should as much as possible describe not just what you want to do, but precisely what you have tried and where you are stuck trying that.
    – underdark
    Feb 21, 2019 at 17:40

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Right click on the New Jersey Counties Shapefile in QGIS

select Symbology change from single symbol to categorized...

add/select column GNIS_NAME

click classify.... apply and ok.

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  • Thank You!!! Is it possible to also show the Name of the counties on the map?
    – Scott
    Feb 20, 2019 at 21:47
  • yes, go to labels (see screenshot) and select the field of the label. (you might have adjust the font and size to best fit inside the polygon) transparency can also be done on the file. > gis.stackexchange.com/questions/271205/creating-label-in-qgis
    – Mapperz
    Feb 20, 2019 at 21:53

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