Loyal reader "Greg" wonders, "why Google [Maps] doesn’t show county boundaries?"
Google Maps and its ongoing lack of county borders is a continuing frustration to me, but I suspect it doesn’t exist for the same reason as the not-quite-perfect international borders: except for a few "county counters" and other assorted oddballs (and I say that affectionately because I include myself in that definition) does it really matter? Fortunately Mapquest thinks it matters, and that’s my go-to site when I post articles featuring counties.
Paradoxically, Google Earth does have a county border overlay layer. Obviously Google has these county line data stored within its vast repository. Logically then it should be easy enough to transfer the same underlying data for display within Google Maps.
Google Maps maintains a suggestion page and one of the buttons is "Show county boundaries on the map." I’d click it a thousand times if I thought it would do any good but I’m sure Google correlates suggestions with IP addresses. They’ve already received and recorded my preference.
Maybe if everyone else clicks the button we can start a groundswell. How about it? Would you mind taking a few moments to put in a plug for county line data?