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FetchGIS 2017 Numbers

For the last year or more we have been providing FetchGIS use summaries to clients, but in this post, we will look at use from a system-wide perspective for 2017. We will use ‘sessions’ to evaluate use, which is defined by Google as ‘a group of interactions that take place over a given time, including multiple pageviews, on a website'.


Globally, the number of sessions in 2017 increased by more than 76% from 622,374 in 2016, to 1,101,335 in 2017. The chart below displays the number of sessions globally per month for 2017 and 2016.

U.S. By Counties

Looking at use from the United States alone, the number of sessions increased by more than 77% from 610,436 in 2016, to 1,086,191 in 2017. The origin of the sessions tracked by county also increased substantially from 1561 counties in 2016, to 3220 counties in 2017.

The map below provides a look at the number of sessions per county across the lower 48 – just to note, there were also sessions that originated multiple counties in Alaska, and from all of the major islands in Hawaii. The map also provides a list of the Top Ten Michigan Counties, and the Top Ten Counties outside of Michigan per sessions.

U.S. By Cities

Overall the number of cities, including Michigan, that generated sessions increased 22% from 4806 cities in 2016, to 5870 cities in 2017. The map below displays the Top 20 Cities outside of Michigan by the percent of total out of state sessions.


Overall the number of sessions coming from Michigan increased by 80% from 534,132 in 2016, to 962,365 in 2017. The only county that did not generate a session was Luce County, and the number of cities generating sessions increased from 585 cities in 2016, to 592 cities in 2017.

When isolating cities in Michigan with over 1000 sessions, the number increased from 81 cities in 2016, to 120 cities in 2017. The map below displays the sessions per city in Michigan and list of the Top 20 Cities by Sessions.

Mobile Growth

The number of sessions per device continued to shift towards mobile phones and tablets. In 2017, sessions originating from a desktop decreased by more than 5.5% from 83.6% of all sessions in 2016, to 77.9% of all sessions in 2017.

Sessions from mobile phones increased by 4.7% from 13.0% of all sessions in 2016, to 17.7% of all sessions in 2017. Tablet use increased 1.0% from 3.3% of all sessions in 2016, to 4.3% of all sessions in 2017.

Notes: Location of a session is determined by the origin of the IP address. County sessions are the result of aggregating the number of sessions per city within the selected county.

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