[Talk-us] admin level for US states

Paul Norman penorman at mac.com
Mon Nov 24 17:04:41 UTC 2014

On 11/24/2014 5:00 AM, Martin Koppenhoefer wrote:
> I wonder why US States are tagged as admin_level=4, wouldn't it be 
> more consistent with the rest of the map to have them tagged as level 3?
admin_level=4 is consistent with Canada and Australia at the very least. 
I believe it's also consistent with Mexico, South Africa as well as 
other countries.

Given that states are often grouped together for various purposes into 
regions, I'm skeptical about admin_level=3 anyways. The groupings vary 
depending on the purpose and we don't map them, but it does demonstrate 
that there's the concept of a grouping above states.

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