Get nearest places on Google Maps, using MySQL spatial data

I have a database with a list of stores with latitudes and longitudes of each. So based on the current (lat, lng) location that I input, I would like to get a list of items from those within some radius like 1 km, 5km etc?

What should be the algorithm? I need the PHP code for algorithm itself.


You just need use following query.

For example, you have input latitude and longitude 37 and -122 in degrees. And you want to search for users within 25 miles from current given latitude and longitude.

SELECT item1, item2, 
    ( 3959 * acos( cos( radians(37) ) 
                   * cos( radians( lat ) ) 
                   * cos( radians( lng ) 
                       - radians(-122) ) 
                   + sin( radians(37) ) 
                   * sin( radians( lat ) ) 
   ) AS distance 
FROM geocodeTable 
HAVING distance < 25 
ORDER BY distance LIMIT 0 , 20;

If you want search distance in kms, then replace 3959 with 6371 in above query.

You can also do this like:

  1. Select all Latitude and longitude

  2. Then calculate the distance for each record.

  3. The above process can be done with multiple redirection.

For optimizing query you can use Stored Procedure.

And this can also help you.

You should choose a database that is spatially enabled like mysql or postgresql and then you can use some of the ready functions they providing. Else if you want to do it manually check this for heads up.

If you're looking for PHP code for calculating distance between two sets of coordinates here's a class that I adapted that will calculate the distance in kilometers. However, if you're using a database I would suggest that you look into whether or not your database is capable of spacial computations (I know that SQL Server and MySQL are, off the top of my head).

Here's an interesting link for a SQL solution that you might want to check out. Optimising a haversine formula SQL call in PHP

class Distance
     * Mean raidus of the earth in kilometers.
     * @var double
    const RADIUS    = 6372.797;

     * Pi divided by 180 degrees. Calculated with PHP Pi constant.
     * @var double
    const PI180         = 0.017453293;

     * Constant for converting kilometers into miles.
     * @var double
    const MILES     = 0.621371192;

     * Calculate distance between two points of latitude and longitude.
     * @param double $lat1 The first point of latitude.
     * @param double $long1 The first point of longitude.
     * @param double $lat2 The second point of latitude.
     * @param double $long2 The second point of longitude.
     * @param bool $kilometers Set to false to return in miles.
     * @return double The distance in kilometers or miles, whichever selected.
    public static function getDistance($lat1, $long1, $lat2, $long2, $kilometers = true)
        $lat1   *= self::PI180;
        $long1  *= self::PI180;
        $lat2   *= self::PI180;
        $long2  *= self::PI180;

        $dlat = $lat2 - $lat1;
        $dlong = $long2 - $long1;

        $a = sin($dlat / 2) * sin($dlat / 2) + cos($lat1) * cos($lat2) * sin($dlong / 2) * sin($dlong / 2);
        $c = 2 * atan2(sqrt($a), sqrt(1 - $a));

        $km = self::RADIUS * $c;

            return $km;
            return $km * self::MILES;

echo Distance::getDistance(40.686748, -89.555054, 40.453078, -88.939819);

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