Free US State & County Maps – Why so Expensive?

Hi all:  I’m going to keep this one really short…

I recall back in the ’80s and ’90s being able to hop online when I needed a simple map of an area, find one, download it, and move on.  Many of our clients are Realtors®, and as such, having good maps is really, really important to them, but hopping onto cyberspace to get a map nowadays isn’t what it used to be.  They’re expensive!

I was pretty shocked to find that a basic map of Alabama with outlines, counties and names would cost me about $50!  We’re not talking a fancy map with cool colors and elevations, nope.  Just a bunch of accurate black lines with black text.

So here I am, looking for a map for a Coop, a friend and client, and having no luck.  I tried searching “US County Maps”, Free State Map with counties” and all sorts of other things and lets just say I had absolutely no luck.

Then it struck me…  Wait a second!  The government makes maps all the time, and we pay for them.  I don’t need much, so let me check…  and BAM!  Free map!

The one I found had 55 maps including some states Sarah Palin probably won’t make it to (or recognize).  They all have county outlines, scales, and other useful information.  They’re produced and made available by the U.S. Department of Commerce / Bureau of the Census (thanx guys).

You’re not going to want to use these as is or anything, but they’re a very accurate way to start your own custom map.  They’re provided in PDF format, but you can open this PDF in Illustrator and the vector graphics are editable.  You can also edit them in Photoshop and most other imaging apps without a problem.

So have at it!  🙂


Download all 55 US State Maps with counties, FREE! No really!  They’re free!
If you can’t get them from the link above, you can also download them from us here.

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2 Responses to Free US State & County Maps – Why so Expensive?
  1. Micah E. Clare
    March 7, 2013 | 1:06 pm

    Thanks alot for this link…absolutely an invaluable aid for market infographics!!!!

    • Jon Hardison
      March 7, 2013 | 1:11 pm

      You’re very welcome. Glad you found it useful. 😉

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