Create and use a location map

Create a location map to see where your point, line, and area features are located (or alternatively, where features are not located). A location map renders all of the features in a dataset using a single, uniform symbol. Location maps help answer questions about your data, such as: Where is it located? How is it distributed?

Location maps are most useful for datasets where you can see most or all of the features on the map with relatively little overlap. If there are too many point features to distinguish on the map, consider creating a binned map or a heat map.


An insurance company is conducting an assessment to determine how many of its policies are within a storm surge area, and the associated risk. A location map can be used to give the analyst an idea of the number of policies that are in the high-risk area.

Location map showing customer locations within the anticipated hurricane surge area

The above location map shows customer locations as point features and the storm surge area as area features in the bottom layer. The location map shows that there is a relatively high density of points within the storm surge area compared to the number of points inland.

Create a location map

To create a location map, complete the following steps:

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Drag a dataset to the page and drop it on the Map drop zone.
    • Expand the dataset, select the location field Location field, drag the field to the page, and drop it on the Map drop zone.
  2. If your dataset has a default symbol other than a single symbol, expand the legend to see the Layer options pane, click the Options tab Options, and change Symbol type to Location (Single Symbol).

Usage notes

Click the Info button Info to turn the map card over. The back of the card includes a count of features and a text box for a description of the map.

The Layer options pane can be used to change the style of the map and view information about selected features.

Use the Legend tab Legend to view the count of features in the dataset.

Use the Options tab Options to switch to a different type of map.

Use the Style tab Style to change the symbol style properties such as the symbol shape, fill color, outline thickness, and layer transparency.

Use the Pop-up tab Attributes to view details for features selected on the map.