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Digital data and maps are provided for download and use by planners. GIS files are either ESRI Geodatabase or Shapefile format and have been compressed with WinZip. All maps include metadata. Some of these data and maps are subject to periodic updates so please check back accordingly.
  • Boundary Maps
    • These maps were prepared by DCA from the latest 2010 U.S. Census Bureau TIGER/Line maps. DCA also has older editions of the TIGER/Line city and county boundaries maps; use the 'Contact Us' button above to request those.
      Download Georgia county boundaries (includes a Regions table that can be related showing the old Regional Development Center affiliation and current State Development Region membership).
      Download Georgia Places boundaries. This geodatabase contains Cities, Census Deisginated Places as separate maps.

    Census Maps, Current Edition
    • Census TIGER/Line maps, including boundaries, are available as shapefiles directly from the U.S. Census Bureau.


    Census Block Maps
    • Census Block maps, (PDF), suitable for large format printing, shows roads, streams and boundaries, Census 2010 maps, or Other reference maps.


  • Coastal Resource Maps
    • Download a set of maps including Coastal Marshlands, Georgia Shorelines, and Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary. According to DCA's Minimum Standards and Procedures for Local Comprehensive Planning "Coastal Resources: Include beaches, coastal marshes and estuaries that are vulnerable to the impacts of development." (Updated April 17, 2009)
  • Cultural Resource Maps
    • Regional maps of cultural resources are available for download by Regional Development Centers in their secure ftp folders at ftp://www.georgiaplanning.com. Archaeological sites, in general, are a state-required 'natural and cultural resources' planning element according to DCA Rules (Chapter 110-12-1-.04.). According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Rules for Environmental Planning Criteria (Chapter 391-3-16-.04.) certain archaeological sites are protected when within wetlands and protected river corridors. Information for these maps were originally compiled by the Georgia Archaeological Site File (GASF), located at the University of Georgia Laboratory of Archaeology. Georgia Department of Natural Resources- Historic Preservation Division, Office of the State Archaeologist working with DCA has developed a generalized map of archaeological site locations for general purpose community planning. These DCA derived maps consists of those census blocks whick contained archaeological sites recorded in the GASF. (6-14-2004)
  • Demographic, Economic, and Redistricting Population Data
    • View and Download Population, Housing, and Economic data.
    • Redistricting Data Maps, tables of selected topics, and the entire Public Law 94-171 redistricting database for Georgia are available here for download. This is the complete population and housing count data from Census 2010. Levels of geography include statewide maps by county, place, city, state house district, state senate district, tracts, blockgroups, and blocks.
  • Groundwater Recharge Area Map
    • Download a statewide map of groundwater recharge areas, from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Digital Environmental Atlas of Georgia. (6-14-2004)
  • Land Use Maps
      Land Use maps are available for most local governments that have submitted comprehensive plans. Existing Land Use maps are submitted with plan Community Assessments; Future Development Maps and Future Land Use maps (if one was presented in the plan), are submitted with the plan Community Agenda. Generally, Existing and Future Land Use maps contain the land use categories prescribed in the Local Planning Requirements (DCA Rules Chapter 110-12-1); Future Development maps use Character Area categories that are defined but not restricted to those in the State Planning Recommendations. Please contact us to request maps for a specific local government.
  • National Wetlands Inventory / Generalized Wetlands 2009
    • Seamless National Wetlands Inventory maps of Georgia with a cross-index of the Cowardin classification to the 'Generalized Wetlands' codes and descriptions in the 'Environmental Planning Criteria' Georgia Department of Natural Resources Rules Chapter 391-3-16. Maps are available by state region or for the entire state. (Updated April 17, 2009)
      Download Region 1 Wetlands map.
      Download Region 2 Wetlands map.
      Download Region 3 Wetlands map.
      Download Region 4 Wetlands map.
      Download Region 5 Wetlands map.
      Download Region 6 Wetlands map.
      Download Region 7 Wetlands map.
      Download Region 8 Wetlands map.
      Download Region 9 Wetlands map.
      Download Region 10 Wetlands map.
      Download Region 11 Wetlands map.
      Download Region 12 Wetlands map.
      Download Georgia Wetlands map.
  • Southeastern Ecological Framework
    • The Southeastern Ecological Framework is landscape ecology based model that identifies primary ecological areas that are protected by some type of conservation or ecosystem management program; identifies a green infrastructure network that connects these primary ecological areas; and identifies the important ecological characteristics of the ecological areas and connecting green infrastructure. SEF hub areas provide excellent candidates for Regionally Important Resources and SEF corridors provide excellent connecting green infrastructure linkages between them. Download statewide SEF maps, including Primary Ecological Areas and Significant Ecological Areas. DCA has converted these from the original grid model to vectors and clipped them to the Georgia state boundary for easy use in regional planning applications. Complete documentation of SEF, with Georgia application examples, is available in the EPA Final Report (5-20-2010)
  • Protected Mountain Area Map
    • Download a statewide DCA map of protected mountain areas, as required by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources- Environmental Protection Division- Rules for Environmental Planning Criteria 391-3-16-.05. Mountain protection is also a DCA-required natural resources planning element. This is a DCA-compiled map, based on analysis of the 1:24,000-scale National Elevation Dataset. (3-15-2002)
  • Protected River Maps
    • Download the statewide maps of 'Protected Rivers', Cities with Protected Rivers and Counties with Protected Rivers. River Corridor Protection Plans are required for designated streams by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Rules for Environmental Planning Criteria 391-3-16-.04 and are also a DCA-required natural resources planning element. This is a DCA-compiled map that differs substantially from the 'Corridor' coverage in the 'Digital Environmental Atlas of Georgia' (Georgia Geologic Survey Publication CD-1). The DNR map (compiled by the USGS) errantly contains river reservoir areas and does not include all of the stream segments downstream to the jurisdiction of the Coastal Marshland Protection Act area. (1-3-2003) To download the 1991 State of Georgia Protected River Segments map click here. (PDF)
  • Less Developed Census Tracts
    • Download a Shapefile statewide map of 'Less Developed Census Tracts for 2013' or a KML map, or PDF. (8-23-2013)
  • Opportunity Zone and Tax Credit Program Maps
    • View Georgia Opportunity Zone map for calendar year 2014 program administration (Based on Census American Community Survey 5-year Summary 2007-2011 poverty statistics. Approved Opportunity Zones shown are current as of July, 2013.

      Download an ESRI shapefile or Google KMZ map of DCA-approved Georgia Tax Credit Opportunity Zones (Current as of July, 2013).

    • View Georgia Tax Credit program map used for calendar year 2013 program administration (Based on Census American Community Survey 5-year Summary 2006-2010 poverty statistics. Approved Opportunity Zones shown are current as of July, 2013.)

    • View Georgia Opportunity Zone map that was used for calendar year 2012 program administration (Based on Census American Community Survey 5-year Summary 2005-2009 poverty statistics. Approved Opportunity Zones shown are current as of July, 2013.)

  • HUD Web Mapping Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Qualified Census Tract (QCT) Locator
  • DCA Map Atlas PDF maps prepared for various DCA programs and projects.

Last updated 3/13/2014