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Is it possible to get all city nodes within a country using the overpass api? Preferably using relations rather than a bounding box.

If I have to do this using a bounding box, is it possible to get a country bounding box through the overpass api too?

https://help.openstreetmap.org/questions/13872/how-to-find-list-of-cities-in-a-state-with-overpass-osm-api shows how to do this within a bounding box. I would rather do this using relations to get a more accurate list of cities (especially since overpass doesn't appear to return a bounding box for the country node to start with)

asked 14 Jan '13, 04:32

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The following overpass query returns the list of all cities in Belgium:

area[name="Belgiƫ - Belgique - Belgien"];(node[place="city"](area););out;

You can replace the name with any country (or other administrative level) you want. Areas are explained here: http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Overpass_API/Areas

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answered 14 Jan '13, 04:47

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edited 14 Jan '13, 04:49


Brilliant, thanks! Areas are what I need and what I'd missed in the docs.

(14 Jan '13, 04:55) rjmackay
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