August-2023 Release Notes (08/02/23)

Welcome to the August 2023 Release Notes! ☀️☀️☀️
We don't mind the dog days of summer at all! And no, it's not because we're on vacation.
We're just here, adding more and more POI!
(2023-07-29/1690610408 shipped on 2023-08-02)

Places Highlights

  • +645K new POIs across the globe :earth-americas:
  • +440 new brands across 102 countries 🌐
  • +166K new global EV Charging Stations (ex US) 🔌
  • Continued Coverage Improvements in the US 🇺🇸

SafeGraph evaluates the quality and completeness of our US POI data on an ongoing basis using two key metrics:

  • Coverage Rate: The percentage of real and open SafeGraph POIs compared to the industry standard. In the US, this is Google.
  • Real Open Rate: The percent of SafeGraph POIs we claim to be real and currently open compared to those that actually are real and open.

Each month, we randomly select two zip codes as a method of sampling one urban and one more rural area. This month we're looking at:

  • 64111: Kansas City, MO - Representative of Urban
  • 24450: Lexington, VA - Representative of Rural

Here's the summary (full breakdown on the Metrics page):

Geo AggregationCoverage RateReal Open Rate
Total Sample78%78%
64111 (Urban)86%78%
24450 (Rural)61%78%

Check out our Accuracy Metric Methodologies for more detailed info on how we arrived at these calculations.

Interested in a particular zip code for a future month? We're taking suggestions!


SafeGraph is delivering more POI each month in countries around the world. This month SG Places has a grand total of 49,844,816, including POI with or without geometry, closed POI and parking lots. This is a net increase of 645,545 places from last month, including:

  • +382,010 in US 🇺🇸
  • +51,804 in NL 🇳🇱
  • +29,729 in FR 🇫🇷
  • +27,125 in DE 🇩🇪
  • +17,733 in GB 🇬🇧

Of course, you can always visit our Places Summary Stats to find more details on our continued growth.

US Highlights

  • Offices of Physicians (except Mental Health Specialists) (621111) with +31,925 POI 🩺
  • Lessors of Residential Buildings and Dwellings (531110) with +35,111 POI 🏢
  • Beauty Salons (812112) with +32,533 POI 💇

Global Highlights (ex US)

  • Other Gasoline Stations (447190) with +166,496 POI 🔌
  • Couriers and Express Delivery Services (492110) with +28,849 POI 📦
  • Commercial Banking (522110) with +22,347 POI 🏦


We've added a grand total of 440 brands across 102 countries. Some of the highlights:

Notable brands :earth-africa:

  • Shell Recharge (SG_BRAND_7dba1c12472f086c) with 159,702 POI 🔌
  • HSBC ATM (SG_BRAND_b9a4e4545918e5d0) with 9,237 POI 🏧
  • Lukfook Jewellery (SG_BRAND_772c5fc693910fb6) with 3,090 POI 💍

:eyes: Are we missing a brand or country? :eyes: Please let us know here!

Brand Openings and Closings

  • We rely on POI metadata to track store openings and closings, and we are especially interested in understanding open/close dates for branded POIs. It can take more than a month to infer open/close dates, so we report brand open/close metrics on a one month delay.
  • In this release, we flagged 1,973 brands with at least one store closure in June 2023 and 2,169 brands with at least one store opening in June 2023:
    Learn more about our open/close columns here

Known Issues or Bug Fixes

store_id Corrections

  • With this release, we corrected the store_id values for a few retail brands, including:
    • Buffalo Wild Wings (SG_BRAND_f5c3315bd88c63a7a421a97165d8b108)
    • Firehouse Subs (SG_BRAND_a508445847685e426174fb21affa82bb)
    • Waffle House (SG_BRAND_7d55f8ddf947e2b4446a8240c916ae25)

Drops ⬇️

  • We are ingesting many sources and due to source changes and processing changes, Placekeys do drop over time. In this release, we dropped 226,908 Placekeys (46,588 branded and 180,320 non-branded).