It is only necessary to type in enough letters to uniquely
identify a place. For example, a search for the city of "Baltimore" can be
found by just typing in "Baltim". If the place name is not specific enough,
a list of matching names will be displayed. A search for "Balti" is will
show a list asking if you want "Baltimore, MD"
or "Balti, Moldova".
Searches for states, provinces, other administrative units, and world
cities can be made more specific by typing in a comma (
after the place name followed by the name of the country. Once again,
the country name only has to have enough characters to identify it.
Examples of search strings and matching values are as follows:
For United States cities, the city name can be followed with a
- "Par,Fra" matches "Paris, France"
- "Mary,Unit" matches "Maryland, United States"
- "Cha,Par" matches "Chaco, Paraguay"
,) and the USPS state code. Some city names,
like Springfield, are so common that using a state code is
Matching is done based on the starting letters the place name. A
query for "York" will return "York, PA" and "York, United Kingdom" but
not "New York, NY". To search for any matches against the entire name
stored in the database, place an asterisk (
*) before the place
name. For example, a search for "Korea" will match nothing, but a search for
"*Korea" will match "North Korea", and "South Korea".
Some places have alternate names or spellings but the database only
has one form stored at this time (usually the American/English version).
We may add synonyms in the future.