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Open Street Map is not remotely usable in many parts of the country. Picking largely at random:

South Minneapolis is pretty much unpopulated other than parks/schools/churches: https://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=14/44.9256/-93.2303

Same in a good chunk of Memphis: https://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=14/35.1364/-89.9691

and some major suburbs of Atlanta: https://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=14/33.7077/-84.2708

It appears to be a usability/functionality tradeoff. Apple Maps isn't perfect in privacy nor accuracy/completeness, but OSM is useless for many people.




Please pick truly at random, not three places in the USA.

I once picked 100 random coordinates on land (by picking random coordinates and filtering out those that landed in water). OSM is by far the best. It's not even a competition. I still have to do a writeup of that some day, posting just the stats and methodology (scientific paper style) won't interest most people, and I forgot to capture screenshots, so I basically have to redo it completely.

It's almost certainly different if you select random points biased by population centres, but at least know that "not remotely usable" is a very local issue (see the sibling comments about the Netherlands) and that it depends on your use case.


Where “the country” is the US, of course. This doesn’t hold true in Europe at all.




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