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Public-images-osm logo.svg place = hamlet
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A smaller rural community, typically with fewer than 100-200 inhabitants, and little infrastructure. Edit this description in the wiki page. Edit this description in the data item.
Group: Places
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areasshould not be used on relations
Useful combination
See also
Status: de facto

Use place=hamlet for an isolated settlement, typically with less than 100-200 inhabitants, although this may vary by country. For a larger isolated settlement consider using place=village or place=town; for smaller ones with only 1 or 2 households consider using place=isolated_dwelling. For an unoccupied place consider place=locality. For a named area within a larger populated place, such as a town, city or village consider using place=suburb or place=neighbourhood.

How to map

Place a node at the center of the hamlet and tag it place=hamlet.

Mapping hamlets as areas

The most common method of mapping hamlets is with a node placed at the center. Some mappers however map hamlets with an area instead of using a node. Hamlets often do not have a verifiable outline though and different interpretations of the meaning of areas representing populated places exist - more details can be found on the place key page. Data users should not expect the area geometries of hamlets to have a particular meaning.

Sometimes place=hamlet is mapped as area using relation[1].