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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 !?

  • +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. – RyanKDalton Dec 26 '12 at 21:14
  • I'd change the word "source" with "access" in the title. – Nikos Alexandris Feb 13 '15 at 20:04

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,


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/


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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