[Tagging] Tagging town/village/hamlet - am I misunderstanding something?

Brad Neuhauser brad.neuhauser at gmail.com
Mon Mar 27 16:57:17 UTC 2017

Two issues:

1) Recommended OSM tagging for place=* on smaller settlements is on the
You can see it's based mainly on population and is not directly correlated
to the form of government. Seems like admin_level=* is the place for levels
of government--see
http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/United_States_admin_level  (Ft
Montgomery has a population of about 1500, so I'd agree with Martin to tag
it as place=village.)

2) The rendering of labels for places varies. If you take a look at the
area on the four map layers on osm.org, a Fort Montgomery label appears 0,
1, or 2 times. So tag for what it is, not for rendering.


On Mon, Mar 27, 2017 at 11:33 AM, Kevin Kenny <kevin.b.kenny+osm at gmail.com>

> On Mon, Mar 27, 2017 at 11:47 AM, Martin Koppenhoefer <
> dieterdreist at gmail.com> wrote:
>> As a side note, your example Fort Montgomery, NY, to me doesn't look like
>> a hamlet, there's an elementary school, shops, a fire department, gas
>> station, hotel, cafe, sports grounds, and a significant amount of houses, I
>> would consider calling this a village.
> Local convention in New York is to follow the legal definitions. Fort
> Montgomery is legally a hamlet.  New York has a few 'hamlets' that are
> actually small cities. (Levittown, population about 52,000, is the largest
> of these.) Villages, towns, and cities are incorporated places with their
> own local governments. Hamlets have no local government other than the
> township and county that they're in.
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