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About Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc.

For Environmental Systems Research Institute, success stems from thinking globally and mapping locally. Known as ESRI, the company develops geographic information systems (GIS) software used to create and label digital maps, publish maps on the Internet, and build related databases. ESRI has customers in fields such as government, commercial, manufacturing, and utilities. Its ArcGIS product line includes applications used for tracking oil spills, planning land use, monitoring rainforest depletion, and routing emergency vehicles, among many other uses. ESRI was founded in 1969 by Jack and Laura Dangermond, who still own the company.


While ESRI's GIS technology underlies the mapping services of other companies, it is mostly concerned with supporting institutional, enterprise, and civil customers. Companies such as Garmin, a partner, is more focused on the consumer mobile mapping market. Still, mapping technology for the Web and mobile phones is a burgeoning market, and ESRI's ArcGIS supports all wireless platforms for mobile devices.

The company's ESRI Press unit publishes books on the GIS field, including atlases, software manuals, and textbooks. ESRI also provides professional services, such as project management and technology implementation, as well as support and disaster response consulting.

Geographic Reach

ESRI, headquartered in Redlands, Calif., operates from almost 10 offices in the US.  The company has presence in Australia, Canada, France, India, Japan, Poland, Russia, Sweden, and the UK, among others. 

Sales and Marketing

ESRI relies on its network of worldwide distributors to serve its international customers. 

Mergers and Acquisitions

In late 2020, ESRI acquired nFrames, a technology company that develops SURE and an industry-leading imagery and lidar 3D surface reconstruction software based in Germany. Through the acquisition, ESRI gains a robust production engine that transforms imagery and lidar data into point clouds, phototextured 3D meshes, and true orthos.

Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc.

380 New York St
Redlands, CA 92373-8118
Phone: 1 (909) 793-2853

Firm Stats

Employer Type: Privately Owned
President: Jack Dangermond
Small Business Liaison Officer: Jim McClure
Employees (This Location): 1,900
Employees (All Locations): 3,200

Major Office Locations

Redlands, CA

Other Locations

Redlands, CA
Sacramento, CA
Broomfield, CO
Honolulu, HI
Chicago, IL
Leawood, KS
Danvers, MA
Saint Paul, MN
Saint Charles, MO
Charlotte, NC
New York, NY
Columbus, OH
Chesterbrook, PA
Houston, TX
Vienna, VA
Yorktown, VA
Olympia, WA
Seattle, WA