Places

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See Mapping milestones for examples of well mapped places.


logo Feature: Places
One example for Feature: Places
Description
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.
Tags

Places include populated settlements, including city, town, village, suburbs, neighbourhoods and hamlets etc and also unoccupied identifiable places ranging from very large (continents and oceans) down to very small features are identified using the place=*.

How to map

A place can be both a single node tagged with place=* roughly in the perceived centre of the place, for example the town or village square to the central in terms of facilities and/or transport routes or next any appropriate central monument. A place can also be defined using an area.

Human settlements

Human settlements should be tagged according to their size. Also consider adding population=* and wikipedia=* at least for cities and towns and also for villages where information is available.

Settlement subdivision level 1 subdivision level 2
place=city place=suburb place=neighbourhood
place=town place=suburb for larger town or place=neighbourhood for smaller one place=neighbourhood for a large town with suburbs
place=village place=neighbourhood for larger villages
place=hamlet
place=isolated_dwelling

Other places

Administrative boundaries

For a place which is also an administrative area:

  1. create a closed way around the perimeter of the area using one or more ways.
  2. Tagged these ways with boundary=administrative and with appropriate admin_level=*.
  3. Add these ways to a Relation:boundary)
  4. Add a boundary=administrative and appropriate admin_level=* to the relation
  5. Set the role of each way as 'outer' unless there is an enclave, in which case set it to inner.
  6. Optionally add a node at the centre of the administrative area and give it a role of "admin_centre".

Proposals

See also