More maps — schools this time

Yeah, Google Maps gets a lot of press, but if you’ve played around with Bing Maps, you know they’re actually a lot better than Google’s (IMHO). And Bing also has an API — a guide for programmers who want to create cool maps using different kinds of data.

There are lots of these, but one that caught my eye ’cause it’s useful for you real estate pros was the Bing Education Map. It uses data from the Mentor program, good ol’ Great Schools, and to give you all sorts of info about schools in any spot in the U.S.


The link above goes to a education map of a spot outside Richmond, but to get to the overview map start at Bing Maps ( and click Map Apps at the bottom. Then choose Education Map and zoom in.


About Andrew Kantor

Andrew is VAR's editor and information manager, and -- lessee now -- a former reporter for the Roanoke Times, former technology columnist for USA Today, and a former magazine editor for a bunch of places. He hails from New York with stops in Connecticut, New Jersey, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Roanoke.
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One Response to More maps — schools this time

  1. Oh wow, thanks for this information! I had no idea that Bing allowed users to create their own maps. Incredible and very helpful. Good to know that Google has a competitor!

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