The six most popular interactive gazetteer maps are:
- Place Maps – incorporated cities, towns and census designated places (CDPs)
- Maps of Physical & Cultural Features
- Congressional District (CD) Maps
- School Attendance Zone Maps
- ZIP Code Maps
- County Maps
As an example, here is a map for the Florida 8th Congressional District:
On the Congressional District (CD) Maps you can interact with the map in several ways:
- You can “Point & Click” anywhere on the map and the appropriate Congressional District will be outlined along with contact information for the Representative.
- You can use the “Select CD Drop Down” list of Congressional Districts in the upper-right of the map.
- You can input a street address or even just a city or town name in the “Search [StateCode] Box” in the upper-left.
- You also have standard Google map controls on the left side of the map for zooming in or out and panning the map in any direction.
The Maps of Physical and Cultural Features (Example) have a “Search the map for:” search box underneath the map. You can search for nearly anything and the search function will be centered on the feature location. These maps also have a link to a larger map as well as driving directions from nearly anywhere.
The School Attendance Zones Maps (Example) can be located by searching for a school by name, city, county, ZIP Code, School District or a street address. The search box for address searches is in the upper left of every map in the school section of the gazetteer. You can specify the school type (Primary, Middle, High or Other/Mixed) using a check box in the search form. You also have the option to “Point & Click” on any school map and the appropriate school attendance zone map will be displayed along with a link to the school profile page.
There are two types of ZIP Code Maps. One type highlights all of the ZIP Codes for a city. The example below is Vero Beach, FL ZIP Codes.
The second type is for a single ZIP Code (32960).
The ZIP Code Maps include an address search box in the upper-left, a drop-down list of all of the cities and towns in the state in the upper-right and the same type of “Search the map for:” function mentioned in the section about Physical & Cultural Feature Maps.
The County Maps (Example) function in a nearly identical manner as the Congressional District Maps. You can “Point & Click” on the map and the county will be identified; input an address in the search box in the upper-left; select from the drop-down list of counties in the upper-right; or use standard Google map controls on the left side of the maps to pan in any direction as well as zoom in or out.
The state gazetteers also have two other map types:
- A Geocoding Map that allows you to input an address and get the coordinates for that location, and
- A Reverse Geocoding Map where you place a marker on a map and get both the coordinates and the nearest address for that location.