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Public-images-osm logo.svg place = locality
Taos Pueblo2.jpg
A named place that has no population. Edit
Group: Places
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areasuse on relations unspecified
Useful combination
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Status: approved

The place=locality tag is used to name an unpopulated location for which there is no extant feature to which the tag could be associated.

How to map

Place a node at the appropriate location and add a place=locality tag together with name=*. wikipedia=*, note=*, source=*, and similar tags are strongly encouraged to explain the use of place=locality.

Examples of use

place=locality is used in the United States to describe locations of former human settlements for which all taggable features are gone, but which still see use (and/or have value) as named locations. This is most frequent in the case of former hamlets, or for historical railroad stations or railroad junction locations. There may or may not be contemporary road signs which indicate the existence of the location. There may be other named and taggable elements near its location, such as a cemetery. GNIS is a common source of such locations, as are USGS topo maps and historical plat maps.

This tag sometimes is used in addition to rarely used or unusual tagging scheme (for example natural=dune + place=locality + name=*).

When not to use this tag

To define any feature that already has a suitable tag schema in OpenStreetMap. For example:

For populated places see place=*. For a name that is associated with a natural or physical feature it is better to add a name=* to the element that describes that feature. If a name isn't rendered for the populated place or named feature, this is a problem with the map renderer itself, as described below:

Don't use place=locality just to force a name to appear on a feature

Although place=locality will always show a locality's name in Openstreetmap-carto, this does not justify tagging for the renderer when a taggable feature doesn't show its name on the map. In these cases, the renderers themselves should be fixed/upgraded, along lines of "please render the name=* on this tagged feature".

Examples, current and former