I am looking for shape files(polygons data) of all the districts in the world. I can find few files from different sources for districts of one country but I need one (updated) file that have all the districts in the world OR one reliable source from where I can get files may be one per country. Please help me find.

PS: shape files for countries and regions are easily available but not required in my case and by world districts I mean district of all the cities or states in the world. like New York consists 27 Congressional Districts.

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There are 3 ways to do it

1) Download shapefiles from here for cities boundaries. A single file for each country.

2) Use Twitter API to get the coordinates and polygons for each city.

3) Use wikimapia for the same thing such as Twitter API

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    The GADM data is restricted to private/non-commercial use. Commented Dec 23, 2013 at 19:52
  • Thanks Anastasios Ventouris. Your first option worked for me.
    – Asim Saeed
    Commented Dec 25, 2013 at 10:40
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    Great. But, when one of the answers are OK for you, you shall choose them as a "best answer". It is a "tick" next to the answer post. You can also, upvote the post as well. Just avoid to comment with a new answer here.
    – Tasos
    Commented Dec 25, 2013 at 10:42

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