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How To Draw A Radius Around A Google Maps Location


How To Use A Google Maps Radius Tool

As someone who likes both, Google Maps and hiking, I wanted to find a way to draw a radius circle around a location in Google Maps to show a distance from that point in all directions. I was surprised that Google doesn’t offer such a nifty feature in the Maps Tool. If you are looking for a Google Maps radius tool as well, don’t worry, there is still a way to do this. It’s just not a supported feature, but there is a developer called Oliver Beattie who created a tool to draw circles of a given radius on top of the Google map, simply load this Map instead.

What You Need To Know About The Radius Tool

  • The tool loads the map data from Google Maps, that means it’s just the same but with the radius ring feature added on top.
  • You can not only draw one circle, you can draw several circles on the map, not just one.
  • The site allows you to change the radius value.
  • It supports different units, for example miles, nautical miles, kilometers, metres, feet, inches, yards and a few other units.
  • You can enable a terrain mode for the standard map and you can disable the map labels when using the satellite map.
  • Adding a radius is simply done with a left-click, and removable with a right-click.

Last Words

I hope this article was helpful enough and you like to use it too. Since hiking is probably not the only reason why someone would like to show radius around a point on the map, let me know in the comment section why you wanted to find a radius tool for Google Maps. I am curious, so drop a comment below!



        • Yeah, or taking a screenshot of the area with the circles… but I guess he meant a feature so that he can edit it later again.

      • Using this feature to locate a home site within a given distance of a major city in Oregon.

        BTW. Having trouble reloading the Beattie site. Worked fine the first time, then a few days later, would only show locations around London, UK

  1. This tool helped me in my project where I had to find educational institutions falling in 5km radius from a particular point. Thank u so much for explaining this wonderful tool.

  2. It starts in London. Typing the address in the thing at at the top does nothing. I travelled around to by dragging around to Pennsylvania and clicked a blue circle came up but it was not accurately 35 miles. And if it was off by one or two I could live with that but it was off by 13 miles. We are trying to develop a tool for our customers to see if they are in our delivery “circle” and being off by 13 miles is fairly significant.

    • The map search bar works for me. Not sure why this is not working for you. I am not used to miles, but the kilometer radius seemed to be fairly accurate when I tested it. If you think you spotted some issues of bugs, you migth want to contact the developer of the tool, maybe there are some unknown bugs:

  3. Honey bees fly up to 3km in search of pollen/nectar. Drew a 3km radius around the hive to see if they had good foraging area…. they do.

    • That’s very interesting, I didn’t know that they would fly up to 3km during search πŸ™‚ I do enjoy to photograph them, we have lavender in the garden and the bees take pollen from it. There are also humble bees and in the afternoon they take that much that they get difficulties to fly πŸ™‚

  4. Identifying houses within 500m of a controlled bedrock blast to check wells for damage as per ministry standards.

  5. American Truckers have an exemption for logging their driving. No logging required if within 100 air miles of regular departure point. This works perfect to determine the exemption radius!

  6. Recently moved to a new city, looking for a job. Was looking for an easy way to see which suburbs were included in my preferred commuting range.

  7. My favourite dating site app tells you how far away a person is, but not what town/city specifically, just the distance. Using the Radius tool I plot the radius around my location and find what towns/cities fit that distance specifically. :p

    • Haha, cool idea! I think showing town and city should be a main feature of a dating app πŸ˜€ Good that you can nail it down with the Google maps radius tool πŸ™‚

  8. Used this tool to find a new city, new job, new life that was within 500 miles of my hometown (one day’s drive) to be close to family, but far enough away to be in a big city with all the big city conveniences I wanted. Really helped narrow down my choices. Thanks! πŸ˜€

    • That’s awesome! Hope you find your place to live. I am like you, I do enjoy to have my family close enough. I am glad this tool helps you during research, really a cool idea to work with the radius πŸ™‚

  9. Simple. Showing an image with a drawn radius to illustrate how far and how inclusive the service area is. Business related. Thanks for the link!

  10. I am a REALTOR and have clients asking about commute times. It would be great to be able to draw out a 30 min. commute radius . I can draw a radius map in my MLS but commute times would just be helpful tool.

    • Yeah would be cool, but don’t they know where they will commute? To me it sounds like A to B and the google maps destination tool does a great job there. This tool here however could be still helpful to tell your clients at least what’s within a kilometer or mile commute radius.

      Anyway, you’re right, it would be cool if the developer would add some nifty new features. Even better if Google would add some more tools.

  11. Thank you so much for the link to this tool! I recently acquired a small business here in the United States near Chicago and wanted to map out a specific radius to implement my marketing plan. My business doesn’t have many competitors This tool was also helpful in identifying how many other small businesses provide similar services in a specific radius.

    • I have read a lot about marketing (although more about online marketing, less about offline or traditional marketing) since this is very useful for bloggers and webmasters too. I definitely see how the radius tool can be useful for the planning and marketing. That’s an awesome usecase! Good luck and success with your business! πŸ™‚ Greetings from Germany! πŸ™‚

  12. I wanted to overlay a map with the ranges of various TV and radio stations, this was incredibly helpful and earned me brownie points with the boss. Thanks!! And give Oliver Beattie my regards!!!

  13. I used this 5 days ago and it worked beautifully. Now, it’s not working. I have a Mac, and there have been some updates in the last few days. When I type my addresses into the field, and hit return, the map doesn’t recognize that i’ve input – nothing happens. I can’t get the map to drop a pin. Any thoughts?

  14. Worked great. Wanted to display aircraft range circles for comparison in a familiar format when briefing to non-aviators. Used the windows snipping tool to capture the images.

  15. Facebook nearby friends shows a distance from you. Go to three different places, check the distance, note it down, then plot the points and radii. You should get a fair idea of where the person is located.

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