Anybody know where I can download shapefiles of individual US state outlines? Something in the 1:100k range

I found this, but albert's is better (the census data requires processing)


  • Did you download the census shapefiles? It certainly looks like they should be the states. census.gov/geo/maps-data/data/tiger-cart-boundary.html – Christopher Klaus May 17 '18 at 1:17
  • I did, but the states are all grouped together. I need this so I can clip data to state boundaries, so the census data isn't really useful – Shane May 17 '18 at 1:39
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    you're using qgis - use it to clip out each state individually. open the data, under layer, go to attribute table. census data should be grouped by each state. so simple deletion. repeat 49x. – albert May 17 '18 at 1:49
  • I opened the attribute table, and deleting doesn't seem to be an option, for whatever reason (the button is grayed out and not clickable). I'd rather find data that doesn't need any processing though (if possible); this is how a 5 minute download turns into a 5 day project... – Shane May 17 '18 at 2:00
  • All of the edit type features aren't usable on the census map; I think it's read only – Shane May 17 '18 at 2:01

This dataset specifically has the state outlines broken out individually https://github.com/michalsen/states_geojson/, and here's another flavor with zip codes

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