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?

  • 1
    Place should do?
    – Kris
    Jan 25 '19 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 '19 at 0:47

Both words are quite wide semantically.

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


: 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.


: 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.


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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  • 1
    Wow I’m definitely going to use Ngram viewer in the future. First time I’ve heard about it
    – p4t
    Jan 25 '19 at 8:05

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