Well not quite yet, but looking for a place to spend the rest of your life (on earth) has never been easier. Are you retiring? Or are you a young couple looking for a suitable place for your kids to grow? Whatever your aspirations, you can use GIS software to find the ideal place.
Commercial real estate agencies and realtors are using GIS for mapping and analyzing state and local housing and community development data to determine where investments are being made. As GIS has evolved, it has been heavily used in government and science for land use planning, infrastructure management, and environmental research. In recent years commercial real estate companies are able to site-select locations, target and allocate resources, and review neighborhood statistics such as the locations of businesses or crime.
Regional and urban planning is one of the most common types of GIS applications. Planners use GIS to study roads and traffic patterns, education and other public facilities locations, utilities infrastructure and waterways, and zoning and housing areas. Combining this data with mapping data helps them analyze needs and plan for future development. In the commercial sector, business planners can use demographic data, business location data, zoning data, and transportation and utility data to determine the best location for a planned new business.
Because GIS techniques are very useful tools for regional planning, it helps in determining future growth of any metropolitan area. GIS has the ability to combine existing data and can overlay one type of data over another. And the most powerful contribution is that GIS can be used to display data for both presentation and analysis as well.
GIS allows you to better understand your community by assembling, organizing and providing tools to analyze its geographic data. In the long run, it is about knowing where something is, what is at, on, in, or around the location you choose to live.