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For your convenience, many of the map files (shapefiles) that we use in our daily work are offered here for free download. Users are free to utilize this data as they wish with the understanding that Johnston County is not legally responsible for the information represented in these files. The coordinate system of these shapefiles is North Carolina State Plane. The units are feet, and the datum is NAD83.

This data is intended for experienced users who have GIS software. If you simply wish to view/query/print our maps, please use our live internet mapping application, MapClick.

ArcExplorer, a free shapefile viewer, can be downloaded by clicking here.

QGIS, a free shapefile viewer plus create edit and publish, can be downloaded by clicking here.

AUTOCAD USERS: AutoCad will not recognize the GIS shapefiles that are downloadable from this page. However, if you have either Autodesk Land Desktop or AutoCad Map, you can import the files in the following manner:

  1. From the 'Map' pull down menu select 'Tools'.
  2. Click on 'Import'.
  3. In the dialog box, pick 'ESRI Shape' and choose the file you wish to open. Select the defaults for the remaining questions.

All shapefiles are regularly updated and are re-posted to this web page on a monthly schedule, typically the beginning of each month. Download instructions are located at the bottom of this page.

Shapefile File Size Description
Historical Aerial Photos 0MB Clicking on this link will take you to a web application where you can download the aerial photos by mapsheet. These aerial photos are in pdf format. You will need Adobe reader. These aerial photos were provided by Johnston County Soil and Water Conservation District. If you are interested in USDA historical aerial photos click the following link to find out more information USDA Historic Aerial Photos Information
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Aerial Photography 2010 - 2013 275MB Both Orthos were flown early (January - April) in their respective year. Clicking on this link will take you to a map of Johnston County where you can download the orthos by mapsheet. If you wish to download a mosaic of the entire county please click HERE. However, please be aware that this mosaic file is quite large so the download time will be quite lengthy. The 2010 Mosiac can be downloaded from NC Onemap when it's available at NCONEMAP.COM
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2001 Color Aerial Photos 275MB This color aerial of Johnston County was flown in February, 2001. It is in Mr. Sid format. It has a scale of 1:400 and a 4 foot pixel size. This is a very large file. Attempt to download only if you have a high speed internet connection.
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Airport Footprint
1.06MB This line file shows Johnston County Airport footprint.
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Cell Towers 3.62KB This is a point file of telecommunication towers in Johnston County.
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2000 Census Blocks
1.06MB This polygon shapefile contains census block information for Johnston County (Population, ethnicity, etc).
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Address Points 1.49MB Address Points data including Street Prefix, Name, Type, Suffix community, etc.
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Centerlines 1.49MB Road lines accompanied by various attribute data including Street Prefix, Name, Type, Suffix, To and From address ranges, etc.
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City Limits 140KB City Limits as defined by municipalities in Johnston County.
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Contours - 10ft 33.9MB 10 foot elevation contours - the original source for this data was the USGS.
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Contours - 2ft 35.8MB 2 foot elevation contours - the original source for this data was the NCDOT.
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County Boundary 90KB This file consists of a single polygon representing the boundary of Johnston County.
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Fire Districts 298KB Polygon shapefile delineating fire districts in Johnston County.
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Fire Taxing Districts as of January 1 298KB Polygon shapefile delineating fire taxing districts in Johnston County.
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2004 Flood 6.42MB The new flood data was adopted by Johnston County in November of 2005. This file shows the Floodway, the 100 Year Flood and 500 Year Flood polygons.
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Highway 70 Bypass 23KB This line file was digitized from NCDOT information. Please be aware that lines may change depending on issues encountered during planning and construction. Construction is slated to begin in the summer of 2005 and is expected to last three years. Please contact NCDOT (919-733-2520) for additional information.
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Hydrology 2.61MB Line file depicting water features in Johnston County.
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Land Cover 13.5MB Polygon file defining the landcover in Johnston County. Shows forested, cleared, marsh, and water areas. This data was digitized from 2001 aerial photography.
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Major Roads 75.4KB Line file showing major roads in Johnston County including SR1001, SR1002, SR1003, SR1006, SR1007, SR1008, SR1009, SR1010, SR1934, NC210, NC222, NC231, NC242, NC264, NC27,US301, NC39, I40, NC42, NC50, NC55, US70, US701, I95, and NC96.
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Mobile Home Parks 5.71KB Point file showing mobile home parks. Attribute information includes NCPIN, Mobile Home Park name, number of lots, Owner, and Lat/Long.
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Railroads 4.23KB Line file showing railways in Johnston County.
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Rescue Districts 368KB Polygon shapefile delineating rescue districts in Johnston County.
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Schools and School Districts 1.38MB Point file showing school sites in Johnston County. Includes names of schools. Also three other files showing the elementary, middle, and high school districts.
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Soils 39.5MB Polygon file showing a soil survey in Johnston County. This file includes soil name abbreviations.
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Subdivisions 27KB This file depicts each subdivision with a single point and the full name of the subdivision.
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Tax Map Index 46KB Johnston County, for mapping purposes, is divided into 264 sections. Each of these sections is 10,000x10,000 feet. This file shows an index and corresponding map number of these mapsheets.
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Tax Parcels 14.1MB This polygon file includes all current property in Johnston County, along with various attributes such as parcel number, ncpin, mapsheet, owner, mailing address, Deed book and page, acreage, and market value.
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2010 Tax Parcels 14.6MB This polygon file includes all 2010 property (before tax revaluation) in Johnston County, along with various attributes such as parcel number, ncpin, mapsheet, owner, mailing address, Deed book and page, acreage, and market value.
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2002 Tax Parcels 18.5MB This polygon file includes all 2002 property (before tax revaluation) in Johnston County, along with various attributes such as parcel number, ncpin, mapsheet, owner, mailing address, Deed book and page, acreage, and market value.
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Tax Assessment Attributes 3.72MB This is a download for JUST the tax assessment attributes. If you wish both the map and the attributes together, please download the Tax Parcels layer above. If the parcel contains a site address it will appear at the end of each row in the spreadsheet.
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Town Planning Boundaries 37KB Polygons showing Extra-Territorial-Jurisdictions (ETJ) for all municipalities in Johnston County.
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Townships 592KB Polygons and accompanying names of all townships in Johnston County.
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Water Districts 477KB Polygons showing water districts in Johnston County.
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Voluntary Agriculture Districts 706KB Voluntary Agriculture Districts in Johnston County.
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Voting Districts 706KB Voting district boundaries in Johnston County.
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Weather Data 706KB Weather Data in Johnston County. For additional information,updates to the weather information or additional shapefiles and metadata.
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Zip Codes 600KB This file shows the zip code boundaries in Johnston County.
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Zoning - County 3.3MB This file shows the zoning districts in Johnston County. ***Please check with Johnston County Planning Department (919-989-5150) to ensure the zoning listed on individual parcels in the county reflects the most recent data!*** To see the zoning in the County in its entirety, please also download Zoning - IHI Districts, and Zoning - Municipal Transition DistrictsThese two files contain overlay zoning, which add additional rules to certain zoned areas.. A list of zoning district definitions can be found here.
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Zoning - IHI Overlay Districts 19KB This layer shows the IHI overlay districts in Johnston County. This zoning adds additional rules to the underlying zoning.
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Zoning - GB_HCO Wilson's Mills General Business Highway Corridor Overlay
2.05KB This layer shows the GB-HCO overlay district in Wilson's Mills. This zoning adds additional rules to the underlying zoning.
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Zoning - Municipal Transition Districts
124KB This layer shows the Municipal Transition Districts in Johnston County. These districts add additional rules to the underlying zoning.
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Zoning - Town 1.3MB This file shows the zoning districts in the towns of Johnston County. ***Please check with the town of interest to ensure the zoning listed on individual parcels reflects the most recent data!*** A list of zoning district definitions and town phone numbers can be found here.
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How to Download the Files using Netscape

1) Right-click on the filename.
2) Select "Save link as..."
3) Save the file to your desktop. Make sure you know where the file is being saved so you can retrieve it easily.
4) Use WinZip to extract the shapefile. If you do not have WinZip, you can obtain an evaluation copy from here .

How to Download the Files using Internet Explorer

1) Right-click on the filename.
2) Select "Save target as..."
3) Save the file to your desktop. Make sure you know where the file is being saved so you can retrieve it easily.
4) Use WinZip to extract the shapefile. If you do not have WinZip, you can obtain an evaluation copy from here .


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