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GIS Datasets for the State of Illinois and the United States

The GIS Lab is committed to provide GIS data for the state of Illinois and the U.S. to both the UIS community and off-campus users.

There is a wealth of public domain data available for scientists and researchers at no cost. Although many public datasets can be obtained through websites and/or public repository libraries, most users still face major obstacles in gathering and using these datasets.

The GIS Lab systematically inventories these datasets that are publicly available for the State of Illinois. Following the links and data description below, you can easily locate the data you are looking for. Our lab staff is also available to answer any further questions that you may have when retrieving your dataset. Clicking on a link will navigate you away from the UIS website, to return use the back arrow. Additionally, please adhere to all stated citation requests found on the various sites.

Illinois Datasets

Illinois Natural Resources Geospatial Data Clearinghouse: Provides access to downloadable digital data as well as interactive maps. Topics include surficial and bedrock geology, elevation, mining, water resources and hydrology, natural history, base maps, PLSS, administrative, infrastructure, digital orthophoto quarter quadrangle, Chicago urban area, digital raster graphics, and historical aerial photographs.

IllinoisData.com: Data provided by the Northern Illinois Business and Industry Data center in cooperation with NIU Center for Governmental Studies. Topics include agricultural statistics, business characteristics, crime statistics, demographic statistics, education statistics, government & taxes, housing characteristics, labor market, Northern Illinois economic indicators, regional & state profiles, and Census 2000 data.

Illinois Climate Network Data: Data provided by the Illinois Climate Network in downloadable text files. Data is archived from 1989 to 2007 and includes all stations in Illinois including Belleville, Carbondale, Champaign, Monmouth, Peoria, Springfield, and St. Charles.

Invasive Plant Species in Illinois Forests: Data provided by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources in pdf format. Data includes invasive shrubs and invasive groundcover.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service: Data provided by the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service. Datasets include refuge boundaries, public roads and related features that are located on National Wildlife Refuges and Wetland Information. Also included are links to USGS DEM 10M and 30M, USGS DOQ, DRG, and DLG, Illinois Geospatial Data Clearinghouse, STATSGO, and SSURGO.

City of Chicago GIS: Data provided by the City of Chicago to include base data, boundary, conservation areas, empowerment zones, enterprise communities, enterprise zones, industrial corridors, planning districts, planning regions, cemetery, forests, libraries, parks, pedways, school grounds, and transportation. Also included are a variety of maps for the City of Chicago.

Chicago Police Department Citizen Law Enforcement Analysis and Reporting (CLEARMAP): The CLEARMAP Crime Summary web application enables you to see choropleth maps and tables of reported crime summarized into 32 categories such as violent crime, property crime, robbery, burgulary and motor vehicle theft. The data is summarized by beat, district, ward, community area, and census tract. The database contains 1 year of information which you can access in blocks of 90, 180, 270 and 365 days. Data is refreshed daily. This tool is useful for comparing and contrasting various areas of the City of Chicago.

The University of Chicago GIS Data: Data includes links to shapefiles for local political boundaries in the Chicago area. Included are Chicago ward map 1998, 1992, and 1986, community areas, police districts, 1980 census tract boundaries for Northeastern Illinois and Northwestern Indiana, and Chicago city limits,

Natural Resources Conservation Service Soil Laboratory Data: Data provided by the Natural Resources Conservation Service that contains soil sample locations and corresponding laboratory data for samples completed by the soil characterization laboratory at the University of Illinois and NRCS National Soil Survey Lab.

Illinois Rivers Decision Support System: Data provided by the Illinois State Water Survey to include online data, maps, downloadable GIS data, GIS animations/visualizations, and web mapping applications.

Natural Connections: Green Infrastructure in Wisconsin, Illinois, & Indiana: Data provided through a partnership between the Center for Neighborhood Technology and Openlands and includes downloadable GIS data from over 400 green infrastructure datasets.

Illinois Department of Transportation: T2 GIS Data:Access IDOT statewide and county GIS data and associated metadata files.

Illinois County GIS Links: This site provides a list of counties and links to each county’s GIS website (if available). It is possible they have not updated all county links; searching for a county GIS website would produce also be beneficial.

USGS Seamless Data Warehouse: The United States Geological Survey provides Orthoimagery, detailed Digital Elevation Models (DEMs at 1, 1/3, and 1/9 Arc-seconds), and Land Cover data. Data availability varies over geographic area.

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Natural Resources Datasets:

Seamless Data Distribution System: Provides access to free digital data downloads including high resolution orthoimagery, digital raster graphic, landsat mosaic, MODIS data, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, National Atlas, National Elevation Dataset, National LandCover Dataset, and shuttle radar topography data.

National Geologic Map Database: Provides access to publications, maps and reports including free digital data downloads queriable by geological theme, format, state, county, author, title, scale, or 100K quad.

Natural Resource Conservation Service: Provides access to digital data downloads of 8-digit hydrologic unit coverage, county and FIPS coverage, major land resource areas coverage, and state 8-digit hydrologic unit coverage for the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, and territories.

U.S. General Soil Map (STATSGO2): Provides access to free digital data downloads of the state soil geographic database.

National Wetlands Inventory – USFWS: Provides access to digital data downloads for state quad in 100K or 24K format.

Geospatial Data Gateway: Provides access to digital data downloads to natural resource data for state, county or counties. Data includes soils, plant hardiness, climate, wetlands, transportation, flood hazards, cadastral, hydrography, elevation, boundaries, federal lands, cultural and demographics, enhanced digital raster graphic, common land unit, land use resource areas, orthoimagery, land cover, watersheds and dams.

Multi-Resolution Land Characteristics Consortium:  Provides access to digital data downloads for 21 classes of land cover, percent tree canopy, and percent urban imperviousness at 30m cell resolution.

Mineral Resources On-Line Spatial Data: Provides access to regional and global Geology, Geochemistry, Geophysics, and Mineral Resource maps and data.

Coastal and Marine Geology Program Internet Map Server: Provides access to published data layers and information from the US Geological Survey, Coastal and Marine Geology Program. Data includes Pacific West Coast, Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic East Coast.

National Hydrography Dataset: Provides seamless digital data that can be queried and downloaded. Data can be extracted by sub basin, county, congressional district or by topographic map quad. Data can be extracted in blocks encompassing several adjacent reference areas.

The National Atlas: Provides access to downloadable digital data as well as interactive maps. Topics include agriculture, biology, boundaries, climate, environment, geology, history, map reference, people, transportation and water.

National Agricultural Statistics Service: Provides access to geospatial data to include vegetation condition images, cropland data layer, land use strata for selected states, seasonal summary of crop progress and condition/all crops and all states, crop acreage, and crop yield. Also accessible are maps and charts by commodity.

The National Assessment of Shoreline Change: A GIS Compilation of Vector Shorelines and Associated Shoreline Change Data for the U.S. Gulf of Mexico: Layers include Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas, Vector Shoreline, Offshore baseline, Shore-normal transects with long-term  and short-term rates of change, Transect/Shoreline intersection positions, Alongshore Vector showing spatial extents of beach nourishments, internal state boundaries, and cities and towns of the US.

National Geophysical Data Center: Layers include Coastal Relief Models for central, western, and eastern Gulf of Mexico, Continental US, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, East Coast, Florida, Southern California, US Central Pacific Coast, US NW Pacific Coast, Bathymetric, Topographic data, DMSP OLS Daily Mosaics, DMSP OLS Gas Flare Monitoring, DMSP OLS Global Composites, DMSP OLS Lunar Cycle Composite, GLOBE Version 1.0 Digital Elevation Data, 1999, Nightime Lights of the World 2003, TerrainBase (Global 5-minute Digital Terrain Model), 1994.

Spatial Data Sets Available on the WRD NSDI Node: A variety of water-based datasets provided by the USGS.

NOAA Coastal Services Center Land Cover Analysis: Coastal Great Lakes Land Cover: Provides access to data layers of land cover and change data for the Great Lakes region (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin) according to Coastal Change Analysis Program (C-CAP) standards. These data are the first coastal land cover information available region-wide for the Great Lakes since 1992.

Data.gov Comprehensive Geodata Search: Provides download links to all available U.S. Federal Agency datasets. Categories include Biology and Ecology, administrative and political boundaries, atmospheric and climatic, business and economic, elevation and derived products, environment and conservation, agriculture and farming, geological and geophysical, imagery and basemaps, inland water resources, military, locations and geodetic networks, oceans and estuaries, cadastral, cultural, society, and demographics, facilities and structures, transportation networks, and utilities and communication.

USGS Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center Data Library: Provides maps, tools, and databases for the Upper Midwest in the following categories: aquatic features, bathymetry, and navigation structure, data visualization tools, decision support systems, fisheries and macroinvertebrates, land cover/ land use data, long term resource monitoring program data, maps, quadrangles, lidar datasets, sediments, contaminants, nutrients, water quality, elevation, discharge, and many others.

USGS Seamless Data Warehouse: The United States Geological Survey provides Orthoimagery, detailed Digital Elevation Models (DEMs at 1, 1/3, and 1/9 Arc-seconds), and Land Cover data. Data availability varies over geographic area.

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Planning/Community Datasets:

The National Atlas: Provides access to downloadable digital data as well as interactive maps. Topics include agriculture, biology, boundaries, climate, environment, geology, history, map reference, people, transportation and water.

Seamless Data Distribution System: Provides access to free digital data downloads including high resolution orthoimagery, digital raster graphic, landsat mosaic, MODIS data, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, National Atlas, National Elevation Dataset, National LandCover Dataset, and shuttle radar topography data.

Natural Resources Conservation Service: Provides access to free digital data downloads of 8-digit hydrologic unit coverage, county and FIPS coverage, major land resource areas coverage, and state 8-digit hydrologic unit coverage for the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, and territories.

National Geologic Map Database: Provides access to publications, maps and reports including free digital data downloads queriable by geological theme, format, state, county, author, title, scale, or 100K quad.

Geospatial Data Gateway: Provides access to digital data downloads to natural resource data for state, county or counties. Data includes soils, plants, climate, wetlands, transportation, flood hazards, cadastral, hydrography, elevation, boundaries, federal lands, cultural and demographics, common land unit, orthoimagery, land cover, watersheds and dams.

Land Survey Information System: Provides access to downloadable data from the Bureau of Land Management cadastral survey program. Includes official boundary surveys for all federal agencies. Includes township labels, sections, quarter-quarters, minor subdivisions, smallest divisions, roads, urban areas, forests, fire perimeters, burn zones, world transportation ESRI, world place names NGS, hydrologic unit codes (HUC), lakes and rivers.

Earthquake Hazards Program: Provides access to downloadable data and interactive mapping for seismic hazards and earthquake probability.

Mineral Resources On-Line Spatial Data: Provides access to regional and global Geology, Geochemistry, Geophysics, and Mineral Resource maps and data.

Coastal and Marine Geology Program Internet Map Server: Provides access to published data layers and information from the US Geological Survey, Coastal and Marine Geology Program. Data includes Pacific West Coast, Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic East Coast.

National Hydrography Dataset: Provides seamless digital data that can be queried and downloaded. Data can be extracted by sub basin, county, congressional district or by topographic map quad. Data can be extracted in blocks encompassing several adjacent reference areas.

U.S. Census Bureau: Provides access to publicly available printed maps and free, downloadable maps in Portable Document Format [PDF], to generalized, digital files suitable for use with a Geographic Information System (G.I.S.) as a base for medium to small-scale thematic mapping, and to two mapping applications derived from Census Bureau base map data – American FactFinder, State&County QuickFacts, and the TIGER Map Server. Also available is queriable census data.

The National Archive of Criminal Justice Data: Provides access to data collections that contain geographic identifiers that could be geocoded for GIS analysis. Includes FIPS county codes, county codes, census tract codes, zip codes, block groups, police precincts and beats, addresses, and lat/long coordinates.

Uniform Crime Reports County Data: Provides access to county level data. Includes arrest data for Part I offenses (murder, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, larceny, auto theft, and arson), for Part II offenses (forgery, fraud, embezzlement, vandalism, weapons violations, sex offenses, drug and alcohol abuse violations, gambling, vagrancy, curfew violations, and runaways) and reported offenses (as opposed to arrests) for Part I crimes only.

National Geophysical Data Center: Layers include Coastal Relief Models for central, western, and eastern Gulf of Mexico, Continental US, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, East Coast, Florida, Southern California, US Central Pacific Coast, US NW Pacific Coast, Bathymetric, Topographic data, DMSP OLS Daily Mosaics, DMSP OLS Gas Flare Monitoring, DMSP OLS Global Composites, DMSP OLS Lunar Cycle Composite, GLOBE Version 1.0 Digital Elevation Data, 1999, Nightime Lights of the World 2003, TerrainBase (Global 5-minute Digital Terrain Model) 1994.

Spatial Data Sets Available on the WRD NSDI Node: A variety of water based data sets provided by the USGS.

NOAA Coastal Services Center Land Cover Analysis: Coastal Great Lakes Land Cover: Provides access to data layers of land cover and change data for the Great Lakes region (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin) according to Coastal Change Analysis Program (C-CAP) standards. These data are the first coastal land cover information available region-wide for the Great Lakes since 1992.

Data.gov Comprehensive Geodata Search: Provides download links to all available U.S. Federal Agency datasets. Categories include Biology and Ecology, administrative and political boundaries, atmospheric and climatic, business and economic, elevation and derived products, environment and conservation, agriculture and farming, geological and geophysical, imagery and basemaps, inland water resources, military, locations and geodetic networks, oceans and estuaries, cadastral, cultural, society, and demographics, facilities and structures, transportation networks, and utilities and communication.

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Environmental Datasets:

EPA Geospatial Data Download: Provides access to data about facilities or sites subject to environmental regulation. The EPA Geospatial Data Access Project provides a downloadable extensible markup language (XML) file, Shapefile and Feature Class of these facilities or sites. Includes data on Superfund National Priorities List, RCRAInfo – Treatment, Storage, and Disposal facilities, Toxic Release Inventory System, NEPT – National Environmental Performance Track, and Permit Compliance System (PCS) – National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Majors.

Envirofacts Data Warehouse: Provides access to downloadable data, queriable searches and interactive mapping for a variety of environmental topics. Topics include AIRS/AFS, Brownfields, CERCLIS, Environmental and Compliance History Online/IDEA, Envirofacts Master Chemical Integrator, Facility Registry System, Grants Information and Control System, Information Collection Rule, NCOD, Water Discharge Permits (PCS), Radiation Information Database (RADInfo), RadNet, Safe Drinking Water Information System, Toxic Release Inventory and UV index.

Better Assessment Science Integrating Point & Nonpoint Sources:  BASINS is a multi-purpose environmental analysis system that integrates a geographical information system (GIS), national watershed data, and state-of-the-art environmental assessment and modeling tools into one convenient package. Includes downloadable data in a full processing package using open source GIS software.

Climate Maps of the United States: Provides access to downloadable data and maps in high resolution Adobe PDF format or in ESRI Shape Files. Included are maps available for climatic elements such as temperature, precipitation, snow, wind, pressure, etc., chosen to portray the climate of the U.S. The period of record of the data for most of the maps is 1961-1990.

National Weather Service/NOAA: The NWS partnered with NOAA to offer this site which provides GIS data downloads in KML or Shapefile format. Some possible downloadable layers include current weather and warnings, weather hazard assessments, forecasts, flood forecasts, precipitation, hurricane data, fire weather, and records of past weather.

Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System Shapefile Clearinghouse: Offers boundary layers for counties, public zones, coastal and offshore marine zones, fire zones, hydrologic zones, cities and urban areas, as well as digital terrain data. This is the data used by the NWS and NOAA for their maps.

Radar Data Access: Provides access to downloadable data that includes Radar Data, National Mosaic Reflectivity Images, Real-Time Radar, Virtual Globe (KMZ) Archived Severe Weather Warnings and Storm Events. Data is available from 1950 to 1 day from present.

The National Atlas: Provides access to downloadable digital data as well as interactive maps. Topics include agriculture, biology, boundaries, climate, environment, geology, history, map reference, people, transportation and water.

Geospatial Data Gateway: Provides access to digital data downloads to natural resource data for state, county or counties. Data includes soils, plants, climate, wetlands, transportation, flood hazards, cadastral, hydrography, elevation, boundaries, federal lands, cultural and demographics, common land unit, orthoimagery, land cover, watersheds and dams.

U.S. General Soil Map (STATSGO2): Provides access to free digital data downloads of the state soil geographic database.

Coastal and Marine Geology Program Internet Map Server: Provides access to published data layers and information from the US Geological Survey, Coastal and Marine Geology Program. Data includes Pacific West Coast, Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic East Coast.

National Hydrography Dataset: Provides seamless digital data that can be queried and downloaded. Data can be extracted by sub basin, county, congressional district or by topographic map quad. Data can be extracted in blocks encompassing several adjacent reference areas.

TOXMAP Environmental Health e-Maps: Provides access to downloads of facilities data and aggregate release amounts (nationwide, all TRI years), download releases data (nationwide, all TRI chemicals), download ESRI shapefile of TRI facilities, download Superfund NPL site data (nationwide), download Superfund NPL contaminant data (nationwide), download ESRI shapefile of Superfund NPL sites.

Spatial Data Sets Available on the WRD NSDI Node: A variety of water based data sets provided by the USGS.

NOAA Coastal Services Center Land Cover Analysis: Coastal Great Lakes Land Cover: Provides access to data layers of land cover and change data for the Great Lakes region (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin) according to Coastal Change Analysis Program (C-CAP) standards. These data are the first coastal land cover information available region-wide for the Great Lakes since 1992.

Data.gov Comprehensive Geodata Search: Provides download links to all available U.S. Federal Agency datasets. Categories include Biology and Ecology, administrative and political boundaries, atmospheric and climatic, business and economic, elevation and derived products, environment and conservation, agriculture and farming, geological and geophysical, imagery and basemaps, inland water resources, military, locations and geodetic networks, oceans and estuaries, cadastral, cultural, society, and demographics, facilities and structures, transportation networks, and utilities and communication.

USGS Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center Data Library: Provides maps, tools, and databases for the Upper Midwest in the following categories: aquatic features, bathymetry, and navigation structure, data visualization tools, decision support systems, fisheries and macroinvertebrates, land cover/ land use data, long term resource monitoring program data, maps, quadrangles, lidar datasets, sediments, contaminants, nutrients, water quality, elevation, discharge, and many others.

USGS Seamless Data Warehouse: The United States Geological Survey provides Orthoimagery, detailed Digital Elevation Models (DEMs at 1, 1/3, and 1/9 Arc-seconds), and Land Cover data. Data availability varies over geographic area.

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Socioeconomic Datasets:

The National Atlas: Provides access to downloadable digital data as well as interactive maps. Topics include agriculture, biology, boundaries, climate, environment, geology, history, map reference, people, transportation and water.

Geospatial Data Gateway: Provides access to digital data downloads to natural resource data for state, county or counties. Data includes soils, plants, climate, wetlands, transportation, flood hazards, cadastral, hydrography, elevation, boundaries, federal lands, cultural and demographics, common land unit, orthoimagery, land cover, watersheds and dams.

Coastal and Marine Geology Program Internet Map Server: Provides access to published data layers and information from the US Geological Survey, Coastal and Marine Geology Program. Data includes Pacific West Coast, Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic East Coast.

U.S. Census Bureau: Provides access to publicly available printed maps and free, downloadable maps in Portable Document Format [PDF], to generalized, digital files suitable for use with a Geographic Information System (G.I.S.) as a base for medium to small-scale thematic mapping, and to two mapping applications derived from Census Bureau base map data – American FactFinder, State&County QuickFacts, and the TIGER Map Server. Also available is queriable census data.

Uniform Crime Reports County Data: Provides access to county level data. Includes arrest data for Part I offenses (murder, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, larceny, auto theft, and arson), for Part II offenses (forgery, fraud, embezzlement, vandalism, weapons violations, sex offenses, drug and alcohol abuse violations, gambling, vagrancy, curfew violations, and runaways) and reported offenses (as opposed to arrests) for Part I crimes only.

The National Archive of Criminal Justice Data: Provides access to data collections that contain geographic identifiers that could be geocoded for GIS analysis. Includes FIPS county codes, county codes, census tract codes, zip codes, block groups, police precincts and beats, addresses, and lat/long coordinates.

National Agricultural Statistics Service: Provides access to geospatial data to include vegetation condition images, cropland data layer, land use strata for selected states, seasonal summary of crop progress and condition/all crops and all states, crop acreage, and crop yield. Also accessible are maps and charts by commodity.

Data.gov Comprehensive Geodata Search: Provides download links to all available U.S. Federal Agency datasets. Categories include Biology and Ecology, administrative and political boundaries, atmospheric and climatic, business and economic, elevation and derived products, environment and conservation, agriculture and farming, geological and geophysical, imagery and basemaps, inland water resources, military, locations and geodetic networks, oceans and estuaries, cadastral, cultural, society, and demographics, facilities and structures, transportation networks, and utilities and communication.

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