Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

About GIS

A geographic information system (GIS) is a collection of computer hardware, software, and geographic data for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information. GIS is typically known as "a combination of layers of information about a place to give you a better understanding of that place. The layers of information combined depend upon your purpose. Some examples include:

  • Trying to find the best location for a new store
  • Analyzing environmental issues
  • Viewing crimes in a city to detect a pattern

In simple terms, GIS helps a person visualize data.


The City of Hopewell GIS Department is responsible for creating and maintaining spatial information for data analysis to support City departments. The GIS Department also provides maps and data to citizens on a fee basis.

Currently, the GIS has over 75 data layers including aerial photographic images, demographic and public safety information, property ownership, tax, land use, zoning information, utility locations, roads, natural features, topography and many other man-made and environmental features with the ability to display, print and manipulate numerous layers of data.


The City of Hopewell provides Geographic Information System maps and data as a public information service. Every reasonable effort has been made to assure the accuracy of these maps and associated data. However, the maps and data being provided herein are intended for informational purposes only. No guarantee is made as to the accuracy of the maps and data and they should not be relied upon for any purpose other than general information. Furthermore, the City of Hopewell assumes no liability for any errors, omissions, or inaccuracies in the information provided regardless of the cause of such or for any decision made, action taken, or action not taken by the user in reliance upon any maps or data provided herein. Please consult official City plats and records for official information.