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Public-images-osm logo.svg place = neighbourhood
A neighbourhood is a smaller named, geographically localised place within a suburb of a larger city or within a town or village
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areasuse on relations unspecified
Useful combination
Status: approvedPage for proposal

A neighbourhood is a named, geographically localised place. It may be an area within a place=suburb or place=quarter of a larger settlement (such as a large place=city) or an area within a smaller settlement (such as a place=town or a place=village).

Don't use neighbourhood for uninhabited places or isolated settlements (depending on the size, see place=locality, place=isolated_dwelling or place=hamlet).

The tag can be used for any kind of landuse or mix of landuse (such as residential, commercial, industrial etc). Usage of this term depends greatly on local history, culture, politics, economy and organization of settlements. More specific rules are intentionally avoided. It is likely appropriate to render this feature only at higher zoom levels compared to other place=* values (e.g. 15 or above).

Note: the British English spelling is used rather than the American English spelling of neighborhood. Also, in OpenStreetMap a place=suburb can include any major sub-division of a city, including areas in the city centre.

How to map

Node or way?

What is a "neighbourhood" varies from city to city. Some have unclear boundaries, others have well defined boundaries. Some are administrative entities, others are not. Mapping suggestions for these cases are:

  • Where the borders are fluid or there is no broad agreement on where the boundaries are located, then it is best to use a node positioned in the centre of the area.
  • Where a neighbourhood does have a well-defined legal and administrative border, such as one defined by a local government or homeowners' association then it is preferable to use an area to define the boundary. This may be best accomplished through the use of a boundary relation, especially if the boundary runs along existing features, such as streets. Some mappers still choose to place a node in the centre of the area for labeling purposes.

Other possible tags

  • name=* for neighbourhood name.
  • wikipedia=* to link to the related Wikipedia article
  • website=* to link to the neighbourhood organization's website, if any
  • start_date=* for the year or date when the neighbourhood came into being
  • population=* if it has a defined boundary and known population (and source:population=* for details of where this figure was sourced from a therefore how current it is)
  • architect=* for name of the master planner/architectural firm for the area, if applicable.


nominatim: When tagged as node, all the sorrounding addresses refer to this node and the corresponding address is often wrong, expecially near borders. Fix: using area/relation to define the boundary

Original proposals

See also