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What is the best word to collectively describe a street, suburb, town, district, state, territory, country, continent etc.?

In a sentence: He does not live in the same [street / suburb / town etc.] as me.

The only two words I can think of are "region" and "locality". Which of the two is more appropriate? Are there any others?

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    Place should do? – Kris Jan 25 at 7:16
  • Your question has been flagged for closure as "primarily opinion-based" because you ask for the "best" word, and there is almost never a single best word for any given situation. I would edit this out, as you are simply asking for a hypernym covering different scopes of location. – choster Jan 26 at 0:47
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Both words are quite wide semantically.

According to Oxford Living Dictionary (https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/) :

REGION

: An area, especially part of a country or the world having definable characteristics but not always fixed boundaries.

: An administrative district of a city or country.

LOCALITY

: The position or site of something.

: An area or neighbourhood.

But as REGION means only some area, not any place, in your case LOCALITY is more preferable because it can be used for streets as well.

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Place (3a), as Kris suggests, and area (4b) can be used as well and seem to be more common according to the Ngram Viewer.

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    Wow I’m definitely going to use Ngram viewer in the future. First time I’ve heard about it – user8888 Jan 25 at 8:05

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