Is geonames the best data source for finding geographic place names for every place on earth? Or is there any open data that comes closer to the level of Google or Apple maps? Just looking for place names, with potentially geographic coordinates, nothing too fancy.

  • Geonames has all places in the world with a population more than 500 (cities500.zip): download.geonames.org/export/dump. Do you need even more than that?
    – stackzebra
    Jan 9 at 22:34
  • I think everything is in the allCountries.zip file, there are over 12 million items. But I am looking for places, not just cities, like landmarks (waterfalls, mountains, rivers, etc.). Just want to double check this is the best resource.
    – Lance
    Jan 10 at 17:14

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