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Which population to use

Many large cities have a number of different population values, including wikipedia:city, wikipedia:Urban area and wikipedia:Metropolitan area. Which should we use and should we not be able to reflect all of these different values? Possibly using population:urban, population:metropolitan in addition to population? PeterIto 15:07, 4 February 2012 (UTC)

It depends on what the object being tagged represents. --Jgpacker (talk) 16:25, 3 May 2014 (UTC)

households as unit

We've got some data on villages in Africa, but it's a count of the number households. I'm thinking "population=6 households" (like unit of measurement) would be an ok way to tag this -- Harry Wood (talk) 01:51, 10 February 2015 (UTC)

+1. If required an estimation of the number of people could be had by using a typical households' population as a rough estimate. Warin61 (talk) 10:02, 13 May 2016 (UTC)

Urban centre OR statistical area population?

A country town may have available two (or more) population numbers - one for the urban centre of the town, another for the larger area whose residents may rely on the town for supplies, services etc. Which to use? I think the larger. For example the true 'importance' of two towns, both with the same urban population, is best determined by the total number of people reliant on it. Do remember that the population number is used to estimate the facilities a town offers, if the larger area has a substantial population then the town would probably offer the services to go with that. Warin61 (talk) 10:02, 13 May 2016 (UTC)