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.
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
The maps can be viewed online or downloaded and printed.
picture to the right to see a sample map.
Find a USNG Map
- Select to change map layers
- Select to pan map
- Hold mouse button down and drag to pan across map.
- Select to zoom in
- Hold mouse button down and drag to draw zoom box or click the map to zoom to a point.
- Click to zoom out
- Select to identify USNG
- Click on a location to select a single USNG map or hold mouse button down and drag to draw
a box to select multiple USNG
- Click to return to a full state view
- Map layers:
- Fire stations, hospitals, police stations,
- Interstates, state and county highways,
- 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. 9.3.1 .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_2011_04_07.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
Collaborative project. The MN USNG MapFinder tool was developed by MnGeo using