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I'm not necessarily looking for a programmatic way to do this - if I was, I'd ask on Stack Overflow.

I'm just wondering how to quickly retrieve the latitude and longitude for a given address?

Is there a web site that offers this functionality?

Particularly, I'm interested in locations in California.

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itouchmap.com/latlong.html – Bob Feb 16 '13 at 6:06
    
Actually with all the proxies and routing stuff, I'm not sure this is even remotely of value these days. – mdpc Feb 16 '13 at 6:22
    
What is not of value? – B. Clay Shannon Feb 16 '13 at 15:28
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You can use maps.google.com

An example would be

http://maps.google.com/maps/api/geocode/xml?address=Doellgaststrasse+20+86199+Augsburg&sensor=true

The output will be XML, and also could be used with nearly any programming language.

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