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How do USGS OnDemand Topo maps differ from US Topo maps?

USGS OnDemand Topo maps and USGS US Topo maps are built using similar datasets but can look different depending on what areas or options the user selects.  

  • OnDemand Topos--created using the topoBuilder application--offer customizations such as custom extents, a variety of scales, contour smoothing, and user-selected data layers. They include U.S. Territory coverage that is not available on US Topo maps.   

  • Both map types are freely available as digital files, but only US Topos can be ordered as a paper product from the USGS Store

  • US Topos can be downloaded immediately. OnDemand Topos are often delivered within 24 hours but can take up to 5 business days to be delivered.