|place = region|
|Used both as a broad tag for geographic or historical areas with no clear boundary and for distinct administration areas (with specific boundaries) in some countries.|
|Used on these elements|
|Status: in use|
|Tools for this tag|
Use of this tag is discouraged.
Instead create a relation with the following tags (at a minimum), no place=* tag is necessary:
In most situations, do not apply any tags to the ways (role of "outer") which forms part of that relation. The use of this tag is redundant, however convention may change in the future. For the time being and until a formal convention is established, the use of this tag should be limited to historical edits only.
This is a tag from the earliest days of OpenStreetMap, is used in various ways, was never clearly defined and is rarely used by data consumers.
It was used for The Triangle and The Triad, both of which encompass multiple cities and have ambiguous boundaries, because no other place=* seemed appropriate. Rendering based on population=* would probably seem reasonable to the author who is not sure how many non-locals would recognize the names. In Czech Republic it is used to mark = NUTS 3 (Region) which is admin_level=6