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Basemaps serve as the foundational geographic layers for analysis. You can overlay data onto basemaps to contextualize your research. Basemaps are updated regularly and are based on authoritative location data, giving you confidence in the accuracy of your spatial analysis. You can choose from a variety of ready-to-use digital map styles or customize a vector basemap to fit your needs. 

Choose a style that speaks to you

Put your data on the map with quality foundational geographic layers. Scale your projects from global to local using high-resolution geographical content. Choose from a variety of cartographic styles or get creative and design your own vector basemap.

Modern Antique

This vector layer is symbolized with a unique antique styled map and a modern flair—including the benefit of multiscale mapping.

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World Street Map

World Street Map includes features like highways, major roads, railways, cities, parks, building footprints, and landmarks.

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OpenStreetMap (OSM) is an open collaborative project to create a free editable map of the world.

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View the world's oceans with a focus on bathymetry. This basemap includes inland waters and roads—overlaid on land cover and shaded relief imagery.

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This map features a futuristic theme. Use geometric patterns; starburst city dot symbols; and a high-technology, science-fictional color scheme.

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World Imagery

With World Imagery, you can see satellite imagery of the world. Select the neighborhoods that interest you and start to explore.

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National Geographic Style

This map reflects a distinctive National Geographic Society cartographic style in a multi-scale reference map of the world.

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Inspired by the art form, this basemap is made up of 64 painted images to create visual paint strokes using the map as canvas.

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Basemap—Places layer, just announced

Now in beta, Esri vector basemaps now include an Esri places layer. Display millions of restaurants, stores, businesses, and other point of interest (POI) locations throughout the United States. The layer will be available in a variety of styles that can easily be turned on and off, based on your preference.

Customize your basemaps

Go to the next level with vector modifications that allow you to personalize your basemap. With Esri vector basemaps, you can fully customize your map to select the colors, patterns, and labels that meet your needs.

Community Maps Program

Communities can contribute data or services to add detail and context for local maps and apps that benefit their citizens. These contributions allow for local personalization, offering an opportunity for communities to put their neighborhoods on the map by including the details that make an area special. Users can contribute the following:

  • Athletic fields, walking paths, and trees
  • Addresses, building footprints, rooftops, and street locations
  • Land elevation, bathymetry, hydrology, and stream gauges
  • Basemap layers and imagery    


Community map contributors make a difference

Learn how the Community Maps Program is serving communities worldwide.

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