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An Isolated Dwelling - geograph.org.uk - 497860.jpg
The smallest kind of settlement (1-2 households). 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)may be used on relations
Useful combination
See also
Status: approvedPage for proposal

Isolated dwellings are the smallest kind of human settlement. They are outside other settlements (this does not mean that they are outside administrative boundaries) and form by themselves a settlement. The whole settlement must not consist of more than 2 households. For bigger settlements use another tag, maybe place=hamlet might be appropriate.

How to map

Place a node at the center of the isolated dwelling, like the main building or some other central point and tag it place=isolated_dwelling.

Tag values:

Mapping isolated dwellings as areas

The most common method of mapping isolated dwellings is with a node placed at the center. Some mappers however map isolated dwellings with an area instead of using a node. Isolated dwellings 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 isolated dwellings to have a particular meaning.

See also

  • place=farm - An individually named farm
  • place=locality - A named place that has no population
  • place=hamlet - A smaller rural community, typically with fewer than 100-200 inhabitants, and little infrastructure
  • place=village - A smaller distinct settlement, smaller than a town with few facilities available with people traveling to nearby towns to access these
  • place=town - An important urban centre, between a village and a city in size