|School District Maps|
|By Jim Lacy|
One of the more common questions we get at the SCO is “Where do I find ‘the’ school district map of Wisconsin?” The reality is the majority of the 426 school districts in the state don’t have a detailed, up-to-date map showing their exact boundaries in a digital format. They typically maintain the location of their school district boundaries using hard copy maps and/or some other format the district deems appropriate.
Currently, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) does not maintain or make available detailed maps of Wisconsin school districts.
Census School District Reference Maps
The U.S. Census Bureau maintains school district reference maps for the entire U.S. Visit their site and you can download PDF-format maps.
While the Census maps are very detailed and easy to obtain, we encourage you to proceed with caution. Why? In Wisconsin, the U.S. Census Bureau obtains school district boundary updates directly from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. As noted earlier, DPI currently does not maintain detailed district boundaries, therefore DPI provides only very generalized information to the U.S. Census Bureau. So what? While the Census maps show very detailed boundaries down to the street level, the reality is these boundaries can be "off" by many hundreds of feet in some cases.
Looking for digital data?
If they have it, the local Land Information Officer will be the best choice for single districts, or all districts in a county. For statewide digital data, the only option is Census TIGER data, easily available through the Wisconsin Legislative Technology Services Bureau. No state agency in Wisconsin is currently maintaining detailed, county-generated school district data in a GIS-friendly format.
|Last Updated on May 01, 2013|
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