Living Atlas updates include new Community Map layers in the World Topographic Map

Thanks to user contributions, the World Topographic Map was refreshed with new and updated content for the country of Japan, cities and counties across the United States, and a college campus.

The Country of Japan is now in the new cartographic design. This update includes scales from 1:577K down to 1:1K, providing increased detail to both the diverse landscape and the city centers.

Mount Fuji 1:18K

Tokyo 1:4K

These updates will complement this Story Map showing Japan’s World Heritage Sites.

There are also many new updates and new contributions spanning coast to coast in the United States.

Progressive Farmer, a country life oriented magazine, rated Ontario County, NY, as one of the “Best Places to Live” in the U.S., for its great schools, low crime, excellent health care and proximity to Rochester. Ontario County, NY, is one of our newest contributors. Located on the north shore of Canandaigua Lake, lies the county seat, the City of Canandaigua, known as the “Gateway to the Finger Lakes”.

Canandaigua, NY, 1:9K

Two counties in Illinois have provided updates. Lake and Kane counties are “collar counties”, a term applied to the five counties that surround the centrally located Cook County in the Chicago metropolitan area. Lake County Public Works has been using Community Maps to provide information to their citizens. This Local Sanitary Sewer and Water Authorities in Lake County web map indicates which municipality or agency to contact for issues related to sanitary sewer and water within the county.

The SciTech Museum, in Aurora, has over 200 interactive science exhibits that help teach kids how to ask the right questions and explore their world. Take the kids down there over the weekend. Aurora is the largest city in Kane County.

Aurora, IL, 1:9K

The City and County of St. Louis has updated content from 1:9K to 1:1K. Founded in 1764 by Pierre Laclède and Auguste Chouteau, and named for Louis IX of France, the Gateway to the West celebrates its 250th birthday this year. This will be a yearlong celebration. The street level detail included in this update will help revelers navigate the city to attend the 250 locations throughout the city that will host events this year.

St. Louis, MO, 1:9K

Heading south, we find another one of our new contributors, Anderson, SC. The new content in this region will better support web maps such as this one detailing Anderson Census Data,

or this one that depicts empty housing units in the city.

New Braunfels, TX, has participated in Community Maps for some time now. Updated content was provided from 1:9K to 1:1K. This web map features a detailed basemap for New Braunfels that includes buildings, landmarks, neighborhoods, parcels, vegetation and parks with coverage down to 1:1000.

New Braunfels, TX, 1:4K

Heading west, we have another new contributor, Clovis, NM. Clovis is largely known as an agriculture based community, it is also known for its rock and roll history. Waylon Jennings and Buddy Holly both recorded music here.

The remaining communities are all found in California’s South Bay region. Content updates for the greater Los Angeles region include El Segundo, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, and TorranceThe South Bay is a region of the southwest peninsula of Los Angeles County. The name stems from its geographic features stretching along the southern shores of Santa Monica Bay (covering the coastal regions of Los Angeles County south of LAX) which forms its western border.

Last, but not least is San Diego Mesa College.

San Diego Mesa College, 1:2K

Located north of downtown San Diego, San Diego Mesa College is one of the largest and most successful of California’s 110 community colleges, and as the largest college in the San Diego Community College District, Mesa College takes pride in its high academic standards, its excellent programs and services, and its personal approach to helping each individual student succeed.

Here’s a list of all the community contributors for this release:

These contributions were made through the Community Maps Program. For more information visit the Community Maps Program Resource Center.

The service was updated on the following servers: and If you have previously used the World_Topo_Map, you may need to clear your cache in order to see the updates.

If you have feedback on content, try our Topographic Map Feedback web map.

If you have other feedback or comments, please post them to the ArcGIS Online forum.

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