U.S. National Grid Maps for Minnesota
Reference maps covering Minnesota, based on the U.S. National Grid system, show the location of schools, hospitals, fire and police stations, roads and political boundaries over an air photo background.
The USNG is a standard location reference system that does not depend on landmarks or street signs. It is an efficient way to provide location information at different levels of detail and across administrative and political boundaries. The USNG is particularly useful in emergency situations.
Click on picture to the right to see a sample map.
The maps previously published on this webpage have been superseded to update their content and fix issues at the UTM zone boundaries; this webpage is being revised.
Updated mapshave been created by the Emergency Preparedness Committee.
- Map layers:
- Fire stations, hospitals, police stations, and schools
- Interstates, state and county highways, county roads
- Boundaries of counties, cities, state parks and state
- PDF format
- 10K grid: The state is divided into a grid of squares
that are 10,000 meters on a side ("10K" for short); each map covers one
of these squares. At this scale, about 2,000 maps are needed to
- Scale and print size: The maps are fixed at a scale of
1:24,000 for a print size of 22 by 24 inches.
- GIS Data and ArcMap .mxd files: The GIS data (structures, USNG grid, etc.) and Esri ArcMap v. 10.0 .mxd files used to create these maps have been bundled as a single compressed (.zip) file for download named "MnGeo_USNG_10K_Map_Data_Mxds.zip". Please refer to the instructions, "MnGeo_MSC_Create_USNG_10k_Maps_2012_12_20.pdf", which are also included in the .zip file.
- U.S. National Grid: Much more information on the USNG system.
- Credits: The USNG maps were developed collaboratively by MnGeo and the Emergency Preparedness Committee as part of the Minnesota Structures Collaborative project. The MN USNG MapFinder tool was developed by MnGeo using OpenLayers.