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Michigan, United States

latitude: 44.34, longitude: -85.58
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Michigan is a state in the United States at latitude 44°20′24.00″ North, longitude 85°34′48.00″ West.

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Local user group
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When: Second Wednesday each month from 7pm – 8pm ET
Where: https://meet.google.com/wyx-snms-atv (map)
Next: 2021-02-10
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OpenStreetMap Michigan Meetup

  • Second Wednesdays of each month from 7pm – 8pm ET.
    • Next meeting is February 10th, 2021.
  • Join the Google Meet via web or app at meet.google.com/wyx-snms-atv
    • Or, join by phone ‪(US) +1 414-909-6139‬ (PIN: 142 616 397‬#)







Common Tagging Schemes









The primary language and terms of OSM is UK English, which can be confusing. Use the table below to properly categorize streets in the area.

Highway Types
Type Description Examples
highway=motorway Limited access freeway with interchanges. Access via on/off ramps with merge lanes, divided road of at least 2 lanes each direction. Called "Freeway." Speed limits generally 55 MPH or higher. 127, I96, I69, 496
highway=trunk May have cross traffic, but traffic flow on the trunk always has the right of way (except at red traffic lights). Speed limits usually 45 MPH or higher. 127 North of St Johns. Saginaw Highway east of East Lansing
highway=primary Three lanes or more each traffic direction. 35 MPH or faster. Handles large volumes of traffic. (Any or all of these). 127, north of St Johns
highway=secondary Two lanes of traffic each direction. 35 MPH or faster. Medium-high traffic volumes. M76, M99, M100, Grand River, Saginaw/Oakland, MLK near 496, Cedar/Larch near 496.
highway=tertiary Lower traffic volumes on wide streets, or higher traffic volumes on narrow ones. Mt. Hope, Pennsylvania, Waverly, Jolly, Okemos, Willow, Creyts, Meridian
highway=unclassified The least most important through roads in a country's system – i.e. minor roads of a lower classification than tertiary, but which serve a purpose other than access to properties. For instance, minor country roads, often linking villages and hamlets. (The word 'unclassified' is a historical artifact of the UK road system and does not mean that the classification is unknown; you can use highway=road for that). Washington, College, Farm Lane, Freiermuth, Dobie.
highway=residential Roads which serve as an access to housing, without function of connecting settlements. Often lined with housing. Single traffic lane each direction, may also be oneway=yes. Usually 25 MPH or slower. May have traffic bumps and other "traffic calming" measures. Apartment complexes, neighborhood roads
highway=service For access roads to, or within an industrial park, camp site, business park, car park etc. Can be used in conjunction with service=* to indicate the type of usage and with access=* to indicate who can use it and in what circumstances.
Highway link Short connecting ways, like highway or round-a-bout entrances and exits and "Michigan turns".

If something has a county, state or federal highway route number, it can and often does get classified higher if there is a question.

Potential Data Sources

Do not copy from sources which do not have a compatible copyright license. When in doubt, it is better to gather your own data.

NGO and other sources

Federal Data

Work by federal employees and the published data should be public domain, but always double check. https://www.usgs.gov/core-science-systems/ngp/board-on-geographic-names/domestic-names

State of Michigan

State data is not like US Federal data and may be subject to copyright restrictions, review the licenses and if in doubt verify. There are processes for approval for verifying permission being granted for use in OSM where data may be restricted. Take a look at import Getting Permission.

Alcona County

Alger County

Allegan County

Alpena County

Antrim County

Arenac County

Baraga County

Barry County

Bay County

Benzie County

Berrien County

Branch County

Calhoun County

Cass County

Charlevoix County

Cheboygan County

Chippewa County

Clare County

Clinton County

Crawford County

Delta County

Dickinson County

Eaton County

Emmet County

Genesee County

Gladwin County

Gogebic County

Grand Traverse County

Gratiot County

Hillsdale County

Houghton County

Huron County

Ingham County

Ionia County

Iosco County

Iron County

Isabella County

Jackson County

Kalamazoo County

Kalkaska County

Kent County

Keweenaw County

Lake County

Lapeer County

Leelanau County

Lenawee County

Livingston County

Luce County

Mackinac County

Macomb County

Manistee County

Marquette County

Mason County

Mecosta County

Menominee County

Midland County

Missaukee County

Monroe County

Montcalm County

Montmorency County

Muskegon County

Newaygo County

Oakland County

Oceana County

Ogemaw County

Ontonagon County

Osceola County

Oscoda County

Otsego County

Ottawa County

Presque Isle County

Roscommon County

Saginaw County

St. Clair County

St. Joseph County

Sanilac County

Schoolcraft County

Shiawassee County

Tuscola County

Van Buren County

Washtenaw County

Wayne County

Wexford County

Other Michigan Maps

Reminder: Do not copy from sources which do not have a compatible copyright license. When in doubt, it is better to gather your own data.

See Also

Michigan Cities

Category: Cities in Michigan includes all Michigan cities with pages on the OSM Wiki.

Surrounding States

United States