This datalayer is a point coverage representing cities worldwide and was produced by ESRI and published as part of the USGS Global GIS database. It was originally issued as part of the ESRI Data Maps 2000 data set.
Attribute data includes information on city size (population) and port status.
The USGS Global GIS database contains a wealth of USGS and other public domain data, including global coverages of elevation, landcover, seismicity, and resources of minerals and energy at a nominal scale of 1:1 million. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and The American Geological Institute (AGI) announced a cooperative agreement that will focus on making the USGS Global Geographic Information System (GIS) database readily available to educators and the general public in the form of a DVD based world atlas.