Given a latitude and longitude, return the name of the nearest city


Updated 3 May 2016

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This uses a list of 5000 world cities from the GeoNames data set. Currently, it returns the name of the city with the closest latitude and longitude. An improvement that would better handle high latitude cases would use ground distance.

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Richard Moore (2023). CityName (, MATLAB Central File Exchange. Retrieved .

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Updated to use ground distance. Also adds options to: return region name, apply a population threshold, return the distance between the user-provided coordinates and the returned city.