I have schema for a table called "places" that looks like this with about 6000 rows:

name | county| long | lat | the_geom | id

Tuthilltown | Ulster | -74.1789 | 41.6843271513 | 0101000020E61000004850FC18738B52C0974C370898D74440 |  1

the_geom was created following a tutorial from the lat/long of each places like so:

UPDATE places SET the_geom = ST_GeomFromText('POINT(' || long || ' ' || lat || ')',4326);

These are places scattered across the state of NY.

I am currently in the far north, but when I attempt to search for my nearest neighbor, it returns points in the far east e.g. Montauk.

The basic query for nearest neighbor is supposed to look like this:

SELECT name, lat, long
FROM places
ORDER BY the_geom <-> st_setsrid(st_makepoint( "my coordinates" ),4326)

My coordinates are not stored but rather given on the fly from my phone.

To fix this, I have thus far attempted to create an index on this table, but I am not sure how to search against the index or if it would give me the proper results.

Is this an issue with psql or is it my query (more likely)?

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  • Wild guess: are "my coordinates" swapped lat for lon? – mkennedy Oct 20 '16 at 22:28
  • Couple things were a little off it looks like. Yes, the coordinates were reversed from my current location. Also, the data_type for the_geom was geometry and not geography. I am not sure which of those two fixed it but I'm glad it's working now! Thanks!! – ml242 Oct 20 '16 at 23:39