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.
- See also: 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 but named places.
The simplest way to tag a places is to position a node at the recognised centre of the place which may be location of the town hall or central square or similar for a populated place. An alternative is to define a boundary for a place by creating an Area and tagging it with the place tag.
If you have a way of knowing the population (a free data source), the population=* tag typically goes alongside the place tag.
See below for the main tag values
|Populated urban areas|
|place||city||The largest urban settlements in the territory, normally including the national, state and provincial capitals. These are defined by charter or other governmental designation in some territories and are a matter of judgement in others. Should normally have a population of at least 100,000 people and be larger than nearby towns. See place=suburb and place=neighbourhood for how to tag areas within a city.|
|place||town||A second tier urban settlement of local importance, often with a population of 10,000 people and good range of local facilities including schools, medical facilities etc and traditionally a market. In areas of low population towns may have significantly lower populations. See place=neighbourhood and possibly also place=suburb for how to tag areas within a town.|
|place||village||A smaller distinct settlement, smaller than a town with few facilities available with people traveling to the nearby town to access these. Populations of villages vary widely in different territories but will nearly always be less than 10,000 people, often a lot less. See place=neighbourhood for how to tag areas within a larger village.|
|place||hamlet||A smaller rural community typically with some 100 inhabitants.|
|place||isolated_dwelling||For a named settlement consisting of only a few households in a rural setting.|
|place||farm||A distinct named individual farm. See also landuse=farmyard.)|
|place||suburb|| A distinct section of an urban settlement (city, town, etc.) with its own name and identity. e.g.
|place||neighbourhood||A named part of a place=village, a place=town or a place=city. Smaller than place=suburb.|
|place||continent||One of the seven continents: Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, South America|
|place||island||Identifies an island, also consider place=islet for very small islands|
|place||locality||For an unpopulated named place.|
|place||User Defined||All commonly used values according to Taginfo|
|is_in||Text||For categorisation - for example place=suburb; name=Eccleshall; is_in=Sheffield,South Yorkshire,England,UK|
|population||Number||Number of inhabitants of the place. Among other things, it might be used in selecting which name to render at a given zoom level at what font size.|
|name||Text||To define the name of a place.|
|place_numbers||Number||Probably better to use the Karlsruhe Schema instead of this tag.|
|postal_code||Text||Probably better to use the Karlsruhe Schema instead of this tag.|
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