GIS Quick Start

Google Fusion


Fusion Tables is an experimental data visualization web application to gather, visualize, and share data tables. Visualize it instantly

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QGIS functions as geographic information system (GIS) software, allowing users to analyze and edit spatial information, and exporting graphical maps.

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GIS shapefiles for select census geographic areas and other areas of statewide significance. Includes annual population and housing estimates from 2010 onwards.

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Pierce Co GIS


This site offers geospatial data that can be viewed or downloaded in several formats. There are additional County pages that offer companion data, and links to those can be found throughout this site.

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Tacoma GIS


The City of Tacoma provides the data within these pages for your personal use "as is." We gather information from different sources and agencies to give the users a wider selection of geographic themes. 

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Fact Finder


American FactFinder provides access to data about the United States, Puerto Rico and the Island Areas. The data in American FactFinder come from several censuses and surveys.

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Google Fusion Tutorial

QGIS for Beginners

Essential File Formals

KML files

The KML file specifies a set of features (place marks, images, polygons, 3D models, textual descriptions, etc.) that can be displayed one maps in geospatial softwareimplementing the KML encoding. Each place always has a longitude and a latitude.

SHP files

The shapefile format is simple. It stores the data as primitive geometric shapes like points, lines, and polygons. These shapes, together with data attributes that are linked to each shape, create the representation of the geographic data.

CSV files

CSV is a common data exchange format that is widely supported by consumer, business, and scientific applications. Among its most common uses is moving tabular data between programs that natively operate on incompatible formats.

Children in Poverty in Pierce County

Common Files

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