Esri ArcUSA is a collection of geospatial datasets designed for use in schools. This resource allows for the easy creation of thematic and topographic maps at the state and country level. ArcUSA provides data at two scales, 1:2 million, and 1:25 million. This resource covers a wide variety of features, from topographic data, to government boundaries, to statistical data. The Esri metadata (PDF) for this product goes into considerable detail about each available layer.

Spatial reference and data type

These data sets are available in Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) co-ordinates; horizontal datum is North American Datum (NAD) 83. These data are stored as Esri shapefiles. Other data formats can be accommodated, as the Geospatial Centre has access to a number of conversion utilities.

Data access

In order to access these data sets, please visit the Geospatial Centre reference desk between the hours of 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, in Dana Porter Library, room 328. Library reference staff are available to provide further information about these data sets and to deliver data upon request. Under the terms of the library's license agreement, these data sets are for use by students, faculty, and staff at the University of Waterloo only.

Data manipulation

There are public workstations in the Geospatial Centre that provide access to Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) software, program extensions and data manipulation utilities. Patrons may use the GIS software in the library to view and manipulate the data. UWaterloo faculty, students and staff may copy these data to other media (Zip disk or CD-R) for use elsewhere.

Data output

These data may be exported from the GIS software as a bitmapped image (e.g. jpg) or may be printed as a map view using one of the library's colour printers.

Use restrictions/licensing/copyright

This material is provided for academic, research, teaching, and personal use only. A data release agreement must be signed before the data is delivered. Esri should be acknowledged on any derivative product, such as a map or an image.


Esri ArcUSA [computer file]. Redlands, California: Environmental Systems Research Institute, [2011].

Sample view of the data

U.S. counties, major cities, and roads