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My own personal project is to organize the places in Wisconsin in Wikidata.
For place-governments below the county level, I am using the following:
- village (Wisconsin)
- wisconsin-specific form of municipal government (similar to villages in other states, I’m sure)
- the name for a civil township in Wisconsin
- city (Wisconsin)
- Wisconsin-specific governments for cities, divided into:
For the human-settlement classification, I am using the following
- >20,000 people (from the description “generally with a population of at least tens of thousands” — the plural suggests more than one ten-of-thousands, and see below)
- <20,000 people (from the description, “generally with a population no more than 20,000”
- arbitrarily <2,000 people, from wikipedia’s “larger than a hamlet but smaller than a town with the population ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand”
- arbitrarily <200 people. (since a village must be larger, and starts at “a few hundred”)
For the last two the basis is a bit weak, The numbers seem to be a little large in some ways (e.g. in some places legal-hamlets have thousands of people, and legal-villages sometimes have several tens-of-thousands. Wikipedia also mentions (in the town article) “today some consider an urban place of fewer than 100,000 as a town” and (in Germany), Großstadt means ("large town"; over 100,000 people). The term Großstadt may be translated as "city".” But it seems nice to have some symmetry at the orders-of-magnitude, doesn’t it?