US National Grid

Date(s): Coverage Availability/Geographic Extent: Footprint: Source(s):
2014 Statewide coverage State TNRIS, FGDC

Data Access

Direct Download

The full US National Grid data set can be downloaded directly.

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Data Details

Reference Grid
Available Formats: Shapefile
Derivative Data: None
Known Issues: None
Recommended Uses: Basemap, Research
Spatial Reference:

EPSG 26913, EPSG 26914, EPSG 26915


The purpose of the USNG according to the FGDC, is to "create a more interoperable environment for developing location-based services within the United States and to increase the interoperability of location services appliances with printed map products by establishing a nationally consistent grid reference system as the preferred grid for NSDI applications.

The U.S. National Grid is based on universally-defined coordinate and grid systems and can, therefore, be easily extended for use worldwide as a universal grid reference system. In addition, it has the advantage of being easily plotted on USGS topographic and other properly gridded maps by using a simple "read right and then up" convention where the user measures to the East and then North in linear increments. The coordinates are easily translated to distance as they are actually in meters rather than the more complex degree based increments of latitude and longitude. Thus the distance between two coordinates can quickly be determined in the field.