I need to design a table where one of the columns is the range of years. The range of years denote when someone was working in a specific city. For example,

Date       Location
---------  --------
1990-1992  London
1992-1996  Boston

"Date" looks odd to me because the column values do not appear to be dates but rather year ranges.

Is there a better word for the column header? A few things that came to mind were, "Duration", "Years", "When", etc. but I don't know if there is a standard word for this that is suitable for this.

  • time-interval, period...?
    – Justin
    Oct 30, 2019 at 5:33

3 Answers 3


What the OP refers to as "The range of years denote when someone was working in a specific city" is a typical example of a period.

period (Lexico)

1A length or portion of time.

‘the period 1977–85’

‘The file dates span the period between September 1996 and April 1997.’



a limited or definite extent of time

Tenure and duration are synonyms and are equally as valid.

  • Why did at last two people down-vote this?
    – puppetsock
    Oct 30, 2019 at 18:54
  • @puppetsock you would not believe the pettiness of people on this site. They actually look for my other answers to downvote as well.
    – Keltari
    Oct 30, 2019 at 19:10

Timespan would be an succinct, unambiguous term. https://www.macmillandictionary.com/us/dictionary/american/timespan

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