We're proud to offer a simple, accurate and up-to-date database of the world's cities and towns.
We've built it from the ground up using authoritative sources such as the NGIA, US Geological Survey, US Census Bureau, and NASA.
Our database is:
|Attribution||Not required||Not required|
|File format||CSV||CSV, SQL (by request)|
|Type of cities||Prominent cities (large, capitals etc.)||All cities and towns|
|Number of entries||About 7,300||About 3.9 million|
|Data last updated||2015||2017|
|Future updates||Not guaranteed||Included for 12 months|
|License||MIT||Permissive, no redistribution|
|Refund policy||N/A||30-day guarantee|
Here is a sample of rows from the comprehensive database:
||The name of the city/town as a Unicode string (e.g. Bogotá)|
||The latitude of the city/town.|
||The longitude of the city/town.|
||The name of the city/town's country.|
||The alpha-2 iso code of the
||The alpha-3 iso code of the
||The name of the highest level administration region of the city town (e.g. a US state or Canadian province).|
||The six-character iso code for the
||A description of the
||Blank string if not a capital, otherwise:
primary - country's capital
admin - first-level admin capital
minor - lower-level admin capital
||An estimate of the population per square kilometer at the
||An estimate of the city's population. Only available for some (prominent) cities.|
||A 10-digit unique id generated by SimpleMaps. It is consistent across releases and databases (e.g. U.S Cities Database).|
What counts as a city/town?
Any populated place in the world as determined by U.S. government agencies.
Were does your data come from?
Cities for all non-U.S. countries comes from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. US cities data comes from the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Geological Survey. The basic database and population data comes from Natural Earth Data. Population density data comes from the Center for International Earth Science Information Network at Columbia University in partnership with NASA's Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center. We've made a concerted effort to source our data from public-domain and permissively-licensed sources that will not restrict the rights of our customers.
How do you address border conflicts and territorial disputes?
We simply use the determination of our sources: U.S. government agencies.
Since most of this data is in the public-domain, what value are you adding?
We've spent countless hours: downloading, merging, cleaning, formatting, and aggregating this data into an accurate and concise product.
A license allows you to use the database internally or to query the database for public-facing applications that you or your organization owns or develops. Attribution is not required. You are not allowed to publicly redistribute the database without prior permission. You can make copies of the database for internal and backup purposes. To learn more, read the full license terms.
Why should I trust this data?
This database was aggregated from authoritative sources and carefully processed by SimpleMaps. We've been developing and selling interactive maps to Fortune 500 companies and prominent international organizations for over 7 years. Over this time, we've learned a lot about geographic data. To get a sense of the expertise and support we offer, check out some of the testimonials from our happy customers.
How do I calculate the distance between two cities?
We've published free formulas in popular programming languages. Check them out.
Can I get the Comprehensive Database in a Excel, JSON or SQL format?
Yes, please contact us upon purchase and we can send you the data in one of these formats.
Can I extend updates beyond 12 months?
Yes, you can purchase 12 additional months of updates for $99. Contact us for details.