Is it possible to download neighborhood boundaries from OpenStreetMap? I see on maps that they often indicate neighborhood names; is there a way to retrieve their coordinates and boundary polygon coordinates, much like the Zillow Neighborhood Boundaries data set?

  • What countries and regions are you looking for ?
    – Will
    Jul 8, 2012 at 14:34
  • Starting with major cities in UK, France, Germany. Chiefly London, Paris, Berlin, but ultimately looking for all major cities in Europe. Israel too.
    – Avishai
    Jul 9, 2012 at 8:14
  • What are you trying to do with the data? It is definitely possible that a company like Maponics might have what you're looking for. Can you provide any more details?
    – user15811
    Mar 5, 2013 at 15:27

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New service from MySociety last week will get Administrative Boundaries for your chosen city.

Example Paris enter image description here


UK has better data source as using the OpenData from Ordnance Survey

Example: Birmingham, UK

note different url request


  • But it looks to me like what you refer to is only displaying the boundaries of the city (Paris), not of the neighbourhoods within the city. Or am I missing something? Sorry, I never worked with MySociety before
    – NeStack
    May 8 at 12:25
  • @NeStack different countries have different hierarchy for administrative boundaries. wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/…
    – Mapperz
    May 9 at 13:17

Not from OpenStreetMap, but you can download Administrative Boundaries in many formats from the Global Administrative Areas database. They are heirarchial in nature (country>province> town>village, etc) and relatively acurate for popular places. http://www.gadm.org/

@Mapperz has identified the best answer to the question...However, I don't feel that OSM is a the best resource available for this type of task.

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    FYI -- their footer states: These data are freely available for academic and other non-commercial use. Redistribution, or commercial use, is not allowed without prior permission. Apr 2, 2013 at 1:19
  • For the US they only provide the country outline, states, and counties, which is available on census.gov - census.gov/geo/maps-data/data/tiger-line.html Dec 7, 2017 at 20:24

FYI, in my experience, OSM rarely has boundaries for neighborhoods, it usually just has a centroid point label. Other sources would probably be better for boundaries. If you want to check, though, you can look up areas with Nominatim, and see what is in your areas of interest. How Nominatim works and how to query is more fully described on its OSM wiki page


For the US and Canada you can download Neighborhood data (shapefile format) here:

  • That is great, but OP is looking for European cities according to comments. Aug 29, 2015 at 21:09
  • Also, this is a HTML sitemap, not shapefiles that you can download and use
    – Avishai
    Sep 10, 2015 at 16:57
  • There are shapefiles on the top right corner: Click on " Download as shape file " foodpages.ca/neighborhoods.tar.gz
    – Ervin Ruci
    Sep 11, 2015 at 22:51
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    FWIW the DineHere.us neighborhoods shapefile has no identifying information for the geographies, and the shapes have obviously been put through a very reductive simplification process. I'm not sure how anyone would effectively put them to use. Jul 31, 2020 at 16:30

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