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Comprehensive list of Latitude and Longitude values of cities round the world

i would like to know if is out there any downloadable database of world locations,

i know there is openstreetmap db available, but i would like somenthing lighter then that, i just would like a world cities + region + nation + coordinates db, cause my intent is just to query the db to find near places to a given city.

So doesn't matter if db has cities with 1K population for example, i don't need them all, i just need the more/main important cities up to 20/30K citizens i mean and their related coordinates + region + nation , thanks i know it should be like it there isn't out there :P

Maybe someone could help me then on querying openstreetmap db to remove all not needed data !?

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marked as duplicate by RyanDalton, Simon, Devdatta Tengshe, blah238, Aragon Dec 27 '12 at 10:13

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+1 for GeoNames. I think they'll have exactly what you want. You'll need to learn their taxonomy for the different geographies, but if you explore a bit you'll be able to figure it out. –  chrismetcalf Dec 26 '12 at 20:13
    
There are numerous questions that already ask for similar datasets. Search the POI tag (points of interest) for the best results. –  RyanDalton Dec 26 '12 at 21:14

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It sounds as if GeoNames has everything you need - you can download the whole (or parts of) the database. From your description of the problem it sounds like you need cities1000.zip,

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OpenStreetMap has an API to retrieve data. See the manual at: http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/API_v0.6 .

Also at openstreet maps there is some "extracts" like you want available. Check if someone matchs: http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Planet.osm#Downloading

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The Natural Earth data sets may meet your needs. Take a look at the Cultural Features http://www.naturalearthdata.com/features/

The data is available at 1:10 million, 1:50 million, and 1:110 million scales and it is published under a very liberal Public Domain license. http://www.naturalearthdata.com/about/terms-of-use/

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