Zev Ross has posted an expansive list of R packages being used for spatial analysis. His list is the result of an information survey on Twitter where he asked users to let him know which R spatial packages were their favorites. Ross heard back from 27 people who supplied information about 45 different R spatial packages. Of those replies, sf (Simple Features for R) was the most suggested with 16 replies. As its name implies, sf is a package that provides simple features access for R.
Ross details out the rest of the results of his informational survey, listing the popularity of packages by replies. He also details out the popularity based on monthly downloads for spatial packages listed on the CRAN Task View: Analysis of Spatial Data.
Visit the list: (Unscientific) list of popular R packages for spatial analysis
The Urban Demographics blog also has a smaller list of spatial analysis packages for R that lists and describes a few additional packages not included on Ross’s list such as RgeoProfile, rayshader, dodgr, and rmapshaper.
The r-spatial site also provides links to spatial packages found on CRAN under various views as well as a short list of R packages under development on GitHub not listed on CRAN. Visit the r-spatial projects page to see the links.