|The place tag is used on a single node to mark the centre of a named settlement as well as on the whole area to mark its extent.|
|Used on these elements|
|Documented values: 25|
|Status: de facto|
|Tools for this tag|
Main article: Places
Used to indicate that a particular location is known by a particular name, to indicate what sort of "place" it is. A place tag should exist for every significant human settlements (city, town, suburb, etc.) and also for notable unpopulated, named places.
|Mapping populated places as areas is often not verifiable. More detailed discussion of this can be found in Talk:Key:place#Verifiability_of_mapping_populated_places_as_areas.|
You may also define a boundary for a place by creating an Area and tagging it with the place=* tag.
Note that routing programs will usually not be able to discern the central point for routing from/to a place if it is mapped solely as an area.
If you choose to map a place with an area, and a previously existing node for the place=* exists, you must migrate all tags on the node to the area, to ensure no information about the place=* is lost.
|Note: as of early 2016, many areas tagged with the place=* tag do not render in the openstreetmap-carto stylesheets. This is a known issue, documented at openstreetmap-carto's GitHub project. The mentioned areas does render fine in most other maps though (Osmand, Maps.me, Mapscii, the transport Map, Mapbox products, etc).|
If you have a way of knowing the population of a place (from a free data source), the population=* tag typically is added to the same object the place tag appears on.
See below for the main tag values