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Suburbs or villages?

Posted by TuanIfan on 19 June 2015 in English (English).

I’ve added admin boundaries and titles for eastern suburbs of Bundaberg. That’s fairly easy for urban suburbs since they’re usually smaller in size. However, country suburbs like Rubyanna and Qunaba require more consideration.

I was wondering if i should tag them as place=suburb or place=village, as they have less than 500 in population.

Bundaberg eastern suburbs

Comment from naoliv on 19 June 2015 at 12:48

Which app is that in the screenshot?

Comment from TuanIfan on 19 June 2015 at 14:36

Hi @CarolStevens : Yes they do. But some have very few populations so i’m considering if they should be categorised as suburbs or villages.

@naoliv : It’s OpenMaps Pro on iPhones and iPads.

Comment from redsteakraw on 19 June 2015 at 15:34

I would use the rule of thumb of commuters, do they have large commuter population that commutes to a nearby city, if so it is a Suburb. If they mostly work and stay in place it is a village. Suburbs assume a connection to a city which is one of the main defining features. I hope this helps.

Comment from TheSwavu on 3 July 2015 at 10:46

You could go with the ABS definition of urban centres and call them a suburb if they’re in an urban area. The problem is that this doesn’t cover peri-urban areas but it’s probably better than nothing.

Comment from TuanIfan on 3 July 2015 at 14:04

Hi @TheSwavu : That’s a great idea. But for ‘rural localities’, ABS seems to label them ‘towns’ irregardless of their population. Some ‘towns’ are no larger than a village, and they even have no shopping precint, i.e. the most simple urban core, hence cannot be called a ‘village’ in common sense.

A good idea is to do it impulsively : tag a few larger towns as place=towns, and smaller ones as place=village. Those smaller than villages, i.e. Fairymead, QLD may be tagged as ‘hamlets’, if necessary.

Comment from TuanIfan on 3 July 2015 at 14:07

Hi @TheSwavu @redsteakraw:

That’s a great idea. But for ‘rural localities’, ABS seems to label them ‘towns’ irregardless of their population. Some ‘towns’ are no larger than a village, and they even have no shopping precint, i.e. the most simple urban core, hence cannot be called a ‘village’ in common sense.

A good idea is to do it impulsively : tag a few larger towns as place=towns, and smaller ones as place=village. Those smaller than villages, i.e. Fairymead, QLD may be tagged as ‘hamlets’, if necessary.


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