Quattroshapes has created an authoritative source of polygons around a curated list of places. This gazetteer of non-overlapping polygons provides more relevant results than simple point geometries.

The quattroshapes code and resulting 30 gb of data are licensed under CC-BY, but includes data licensed from many governments around the world. Check the License file for full details and limitations.


Shapefiles are in WGS84 (geographic) projection and UTF-8 character encoding.

Note that these do not currently have geonames concordances baked in. We’ll be posting matched files soon. In the meantime, you can use shputils to do the matching, following the instructions here:https://github.com/foursquare/twofishes#reverse-geocoding-and-polygons


quatroshapes gazetteer:





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