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## What data type is location in SQL?

The SQL Server geography data type stores ellipsoidal (round-earth) data, such as GPS latitude and longitude coordinates. SQL Server supports a set of methods for the geography spatial data type.

### How do you store geolocation data?

The common approach these days for storing geolocation data is to use a combination of Address Field, Geofield, geoPHP and Geocoder. Another way, is to use the good old Location module. The module implements a field that allows you to store longitude and latitude coordinates.

#### How is location data collected?

Location data is calculated using the Longitude/Latitude of the device. Devices use GPS, Wi-Fi, IP Address,Cell Triangulation & Registration Data to produce the Longitude/Latitude coordinates. All data is converted in to Longitude/Latitude, regardless of location type.

**What are latitude lines called?**

parallels

Lines of latitude are called parallels. Maps are often marked with parallels and meridians, creating a grid. The point in the grid where parallels and meridians intersect is called a coordinate. Coordinates can be used to locate any point on Earth.

**What should MySQL data type be used for latitude / longitude with 8?**

Additionally, you will see that float values are rounded. Do not use float… It will round your coordinates, resulting in some strange occurrences. I believe the best way to store Lat/Lng in MySQL is to have a POINT column (2D datatype) with a SPATIAL index.

## Which is the decimal data type in MySQL?

DECIMAL is the MySQL data-type for exact arithmetic. Unlike FLOAT its precision is fixed for any size of number, so by using it instead of FLOAT you might avoid precision errors when doing some calculations.

### Why is decimal data type used instead of float?

DECIMAL is the MySQL data-type for exact arithmetic. Unlike FLOAT its precision is fixed for any size of number, so by using it instead of FLOAT you might avoid precision errors when doing some calculations.

#### When to use float values in MySQL?

Should I use FLOAT (10, 8) or is there another method to consider for storing this data so it’s precise. It will be used with map calculations. Thanks! MySQL supports Spatial data types and Point is a single-value type which can be used. Example: Additionally, you will see that float values are rounded. Do not use float…