Tag:place=region

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Description
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. Edit or translate this description.
Group: Places
Used on these elements
should not be used on nodesshould not be used on waysshould not be used on areasshould not be used on relations
Useful combination
Wikidata
Status: in use

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.

Refer to the admin_level=* Country specific values in boundary=administrative.


place=region was 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.

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 to describe an area with no specific political signification linked to admin_level=*, but it is part of an area with admin_level=6: https://www.openstreetmap.org/browse/way/74607493

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 Kraj = NUTS 3 (Region) which is admin_level=6