State maps are used and are valuable for many purposes. For students beginning to study geography or their state’s history, a state map can be a valuable resource. State maps have the same features as other maps including keys, symbols and scales. State maps also contain a compass to represent true north and south for your reference. These elements let the reader know what various symbols mean and what different locations on the map represent. People can use state maps to locate the capitol city of each state. In addition to state capitols, you can also find out what the largest cities are in each state. These are important elements to be used as a reference.
Most state maps also include information such as population, median age, elected officials, economy, history, points-of-interest, and historic natives. This and other demographic data is present on state maps because it gives the reader a good sense of the makeup of the state.
Some maps also contain other interesting information. Such facts as the state’s flag, tree, flower, motto and song are apparent and can tell you a lot about the state’s characteristics. Some maps even show weather and climate related information which can be a valuable tool for travelers. Most people are proud of their state’s heritage and want to share it with the world.
If you are interested in learning more about a particular area but do not necessarily want hard copies of each of the 50 states, look no further than your favorite search engine. Many websites offer free clickable state maps that outline the important demographic data for that area. One of the greatest advantages to the Internet is the ability to instantly access any information we need. When looking for information such as distances between cities, an online state map is an excellent resource.