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Public-images-osm logo.svg place = hamlet
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A smaller rural community, typically with fewer than 100-1000 inhabitants, and little infrastructure. Show/edit corresponding data item.
Group: places
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areas (and multipolygon relations)should not be used on relations (except multipolygon relations)
Useful combination
See also
Status: de facto

Use place=hamlet for an isolated settlement, typically with less than 100-1000 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].