Template:Generic:Map Features:place

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This is used mainly to give details about settlements. See the page titled Places for an introduction on its usage.

Key Value Element Comment Rendering Photo

Administratively declared places

place country node See boundary=administrative, admin_level=2
1-12 Political Color Map World.png
place state node area See boundary=administrative, admin_level=* varies; may not be used in all countries.
Mapa Mexico 2010.PNG
place region node area See boundary=administrative, admin_level=* varies; may not be used in all countries. For natural regions other keys should be searched.
place province node area See boundary=administrative, admin_level=* varies; may not be used in all countries.
place district node area See boundary=administrative, admin_level=* varies; may not be used in all countries.
place county node area See boundary=administrative, admin_level=* varies; may not be used in all countries.
Iran Counties.svg
place municipality node area See boundary=administrative, admin_level=* varies; depending on the country a collection of arbitrary hamlets, villages and towns may form an administrative unit; sometimes members of a unit reform or join with another municipality as a result of political process. Within a municipality individual settlements are a lot less connected than those within a city, where they have grown connected over time.
Map of all City Municipalities in Slovenia.svg

Populated settlements, urban

place city node area The largest urban settlements in the territory, normally including the national, state and provincial capitals. These are defined by charter or other governmental designation in some territories and are a matter of judgement in others. Should normally have a population of at least 100,000 people and be larger than nearby towns. See place=suburb and place=neighbourhood on how to tag divisions within a city. The outskirts of urban settlements may or may not match the administratively declared boundary of the city.
place borough node area See boundary=administrative, depending on the country suburbs in larger cities are often grouped into administrative units called boroughs or city districts; using the value borough avoids name confusion in countries that declare districts within their states or counties.
Distritos Málaga.svg
place suburb node area A distinct section of an urban settlement (city, town, etc.) with its own name and identity. e.g.
  • annexed towns or villages which were formerly independent,
  • independent (or dependent) municipalities within a city or next to a much bigger town
  • historical districts of settlements
  • industrial districts or recreation areas within a settlements with specific names.
place quarter node area A named part of a bigger settlement where this part is smaller than a suburb and bigger than a neighbourhood. This does not have to be an administrative entity.
The term quarter is sometimes used synonymously for neighbourhood.
Place quarter.png
place neighbourhood node area A named part of a place=village, a place=town or a place=city. Smaller than place=suburb and place=quarter.
The term quarter is sometimes used synonymously for neighbourhood, but may also stand for borough or suburb and hence is often avoided in OSM. See  Quarter_(urban_subdivision)
place city_block node area A named city block that is part of a place=city. See  City_block
City block.PNG
place plot node area A named plot is a tract or parcel of land owned or meant to be owned by some owner.
Lot map.PNG

Populated settlements, urban and rural

place town node area A second tier urban settlement of local importance, often with a population of 10,000 people and good range of local facilities including schools, medical facilities etc and traditionally a market. In areas of low population, towns may have significantly lower populations. See place=neighbourhood and possibly also place=suburb on how to tag divisions within a town.
Bastrop Texas1.jpg
place village node area A smaller distinct settlement, smaller than a town with few facilities available with people traveling to nearby towns to access these. Populations of villages vary widely in different territories but will nearly always be less than 10,000 people, often a lot less. See place=neighbourhood on how to tag divisions within a larger village.
Rue principale à Germolles (Mellecey).JPG
place hamlet node area A smaller rural community typically with fewer than 100-200 inhabitants, few infrastructure.
Waldkirch Oberwil.jpg
place isolated_dwelling node area Smallest kind of human settlement. No more than 2 households.
An Isolated Dwelling - geograph.org.uk - 497860.jpg
place farm node area A farm that has its own name. If the farm is not a part of bigger settlement use place=isolated_dwelling. See also landuse=farmyard
St. Martin im Kofel Bauernhof.jpg
place allotments node area Dacha or cottage settlement, which is located outside other inhabited locality. This value is used mainly in Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union, where a lot of such unofficial settlements exist

Other places

place continent node area One of the seven continents: Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, South America
Continents vide couleurs blue.png
place archipelago relation Identifies the relation of an archipelago, which contains several islands and islets.
place island area Identifies the coastline of an island (> 1 km2), also consider place=islet for very small islands
place islet node area Identifies an islet (< 1 km2).
L'Île au Dgèrdain Saint Brélade Jèrri 2004.jpg
place square node area For a [W] square in a town (English: square, French: place, German: Platz, Italian: piazza, Spanish: plaza, Russian: площадь).
Milano galleria piazza duomo.jpg
place locality node area For an unpopulated named place.
place sea node area A part of an ocean.
Envisat image over the Red Sea ESA209860.jpg
place ocean node area The world's five main major oceanic divisions.
Oceania topic image Satellite image.jpg
place User Defined node area All commonly used values according to Taginfo

Additional attributes

population Number node area Number of inhabitants of the place. Among other things, it might be used in selecting which name to render at a given zoom level at what font size.
World population density map.PNG
is_in Text node way area Optional. Rudimentary way to describe boundary hierarchies, e.g. place=suburb, name=Eccleshall, is_in=Sheffield,South Yorkshire,England,UK. When boundary polygons exist, this is seldom needed. Unless categorization is wrongly done by e.g. Nominatim.

This section is a wiki template with a default description in English. Editable here.

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Template for the Places section in the Map Features page. Use the default English text or use the template arguments for your translations.

All parameters are optional. By default, text is in English. 
English writers shall write their comments in the template itself (avoiding double edition). 
Other languages are translated in template arguments, not in the template itself.

|lang = <your_language_code>: 
to make all key and value links point to translated pages (note the : at the end).

|lang = DE:

== Section header ==
|name=        (section header line)
|description= (displayed between the two tables; optional)

== One key/value row ==
|place:key=   |city:value=   |city:desc=   |city:render=   |city:photo=

You can use
|city:value:alt=[[<any other link>]]
as alternatives for :key and :value links, for example to link to the english pages.