What is GIS?
A geographic information system (GIS) in its simplest terms merges cartography, statistical analysis, and database technology and produces geographically referenced information.
Why use our GIS?
The Greater Houston Partnership launched its own GIS in early 2009 to facilitate continued economic growth for the Houston metro area. Our GIS brings multiple data sources together and offers exclusive data layers on the 10-county region.
Does our GIS cover only Houston?
Our GIS covers the 10-county region that makes up the Houston metro area. This is a 10,061 square mile area composed of Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, San Jacinto, and Waller County.
What data layers and tools can I access with a Guest account?
- Certified Property
The Greater Houston Partnership's Certified Property Program allows land owners and brokers to promote select properties to businesses and site selectors, consultants and other decision makers through the Greater Houston Partnership and its economic allies' digital, printed, and physical networks.
- Fortune 1000 Headquarters
Houston is a major corporate facility. Fifty-five companies on the 2009 Fortune 1000 list are headquartered in the Houston region.
- Schools and School Districts
Pinpoint primary and secondary schools, universities and colleges, and school district boundaries.
- Legislative Boundaries
Locate state and federal senate and representative districts.
Identify public airports, both large and small.
- Topographic Contours
Identify land elevation levels.
- City Limits
View the city and extra jurisdictional city limits of the Houston region’s many cities.
- Commissioner Precincts
View the four county commissioner boundaries in the Houston region.
- Detailed aerial photography of the Houston region
- Ability to measure lengths and areas in feet, kilometers, meters, or miles.
- PDF export tool of map with legend
- A location search toolbar helps you find addresses, locations, or attractions. Search for locations such as golf courses, retail malls, parks, hospitals, museums, and more.
Are there more layers available?
Yes. Advanced-user capabilities are available. Simply contact GIS Help Desk at GIS@houston.org to obtain login credentials to access the following additional layers and tools (no cost – no obligation, certain restrictions may apply)
- Economic Development Assistance
Locate the regions’ many economic development organizations and their territories
- Major Transportation ProjectsIdentify major transformational improvement projects in the region, such as the U.S. 290 Project, the Grand Parkway Project, and the Trans-Texas Corridor.
- Pipelines and Wells
Data on the region’s oil and gas wells and pipeline locations that transfer various commodities, such as petroleum, nitrogen, ethylene gas, and more.
- Zip Codes
Identify the region’s zip codes and boundaries
- Regional Transportation Plan
Information on the HGAC 2035 Regional Transportation Plan
- Utility Districts
Identify MUD and Special District boundaries
- Potential Wetlands
Locate the region’s potential wetland area and lake, river, or other deepwater areas.
Identify the region’s effective, 100 year and 500 year TSARP and FEMA floodplains
- Appraisal Parcels
Visually select one or more land parcels and view key parcel data such as account number, year built, owners and ownership percentage, appraised value, key map location, total building area, and more.
- Soil Classification
View the region’s soil classifications.
- Access Market Profile, Demographic and Income, and Housing Reports for locations selected by either drive time or distance radius. Each report contains a wealth of socio-economic data.
- Access and query available commercial property in the region. Search CommercialGateway’s database of office, retail, and industrial properties.
How can I make a suggestion about an added layer or feature?
Contact GIS Help Desk at email GIS@houston.org. Your suggestions and comments are very much appreciated as the site is continuing to evolve with user feedback.
I’m not able to login – who do I contact?
Contact GIS Help Desk at email GIS@houston.org.