11

I am looking for a simple point shapefile which indicates where the cities of the world are. I cannot seem to find one which is free of charge and meets my requirements. Ive got this one: http://techcenter.jefferson.kctcs.edu/data/ but I want smaller cities too...

Any ideas where I can get them?

5 Answers 5

24

Populated Places 1:10m (Natural Earth) Shapefile

7343 Cities

enter image description here

Download from http://www.naturalearthdata.com/downloads/10m-cultural-vectors/ (Populated Places)

Terms of Use http://www.naturalearthdata.com/about/terms-of-use/

No permission is needed to use Natural Earth. Crediting the authors is unnecessary.

However, if you wish to cite the map data, simply use one of the following.

Short text: Made with Natural Earth

0
3

Are there any parameters on the cities you want?

GeoNames might be a good resource. Under their tools page there is a GeoNames csv file to shapefile converter. It might take a little bit of work and sifting through the data to get exactly what you want.

2

Must it be a shapefile? Google Maps offer something like you asked as a kml file (kmz in fact, which is just a zip containing a kml), at https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zMlf_4RO8x7E.kllT447wz1Ws&msa=0&ie=UTF8&t=m&ll=8.407168,165.9375&spn=130.849955,280.898438&z=2&source=embed

1
  • Nope. I can work with a kml/kmz file. But the link you gave me has an even coarser resolution...
    – four-eyes
    May 8, 2015 at 14:07
0

ArcGIS Hub offers this data with 2,540 records. The POP_RANK field looks useful for classifying the cities.

0

You can find this information for free, in the page of ArcGIS Hub. Here is the link:

https://hub.arcgis.com/datasets/schools-BE::world-cities/about

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.