USGS Search API

Released

July 2017

Audience

General public, partner agencies

Base Data

Geographic Names Information System

Press

USGS Technical Announcement

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This API is a location search tool for locations contained in the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) database. This API is suitable for hydrologically-centric applications, excludes commercial locations, is customizable, is intuitive to use, and performs well. Additional features include:

  • Framework Independence
  • Database Richness
  • Suggestion Organization
  • Automatic State Filtering
  • Wild Card Support.
  • Latitude-Longitude Recognition
  • Customizable Behavior and Appearance

Screenshot of Search API homepage

Screenshot of Search API sample results

Screenshot of Search API download page