Get geoBoundaries: Simplified

This page allows you to download a simplified version of the geoBoundaries product. Contrasted to our full precision boundaries, the boundaries available on this page are small and better suited to online visualization or large-scope analysis using traditional desktop software (i.e., Q or ArcGIS). Because IDs are identical across our simplified and high precision products, it is feasible to conduct an analysis using the full precision products, and then link the results with our simplified products for easy visualization. All products on this page can be downloaded through our API. While we are working on a written description of our simplification approach, you can currently see our technical implementation in our simplified product github repository.

We offer three types of simplified boundary downloads, including unstandardized individual countries, globally standardized individual countries, and a Comprehensive global release for ADM0 to ADM2.

The products on this page include:
  • Simplified Single Country Unstandardized (SSCU) - A simplified version of every file available for every country in the world. No standardization is performed on these files, so (for example) two countries may overlap in the case of contested boundaries.
  • Simplified Single Country Globally Standardized (SSCGS) - A version of geoBoundaries simplified data that has been clipped to the U.S. Department of State boundary file, ensuring no contested boundaries or overlap in the dataset. This globally standardized product may have gaps between countries.

  • geoBoundaries Simplified Country Download

    If you are not familiar with them, the data products below are defined in the list immediately before this section. ISO codes can be referenced here. The only requirement for use is acknowledgement