overpass-turbo.eu incorrectly returns no results on simple query

I am using overpass-turbo.eu to debug a query:


The intent of this query is to return information for all of Texas’s counties. I get no results:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<osm version="0.6" generator="Overpass API 7d656e78">
<note>The data included in this document is from www.openstreetmap.org. The data is made available under ODbL.</note>
<meta osm_base="2020-11-23T20:54:03Z"/>


That is wrong. I should at least get Dallas County in the results: https://www.openstreetmap.org/relation/1837698#map=10/32.7671/-96.7772

On there, you’ll see that admin_level = 6 and boundary = administrative. Also, if you click on Export, you’ll further see that the bounds of the viewport, which is larger than Dallas County, are well within the query’s bounding box of (25.83706,-106.6458459,36.5004529,-93.5078217).

This query is expected to return many counties, and for sure it should include Dallas County, but it is erroneously returning nothing. I am unclear how to fix such a straightforward, simple query.

Can you tell us a node that should be returned?
Edit: I assume you are not only looking for nodes, but also for ways and relations:


Thank you! I am looking for 254 objects, representing each county in Texas. Dallas County (


) is an example.

I adjusted my query to use nwr instead of node, per your example. Thank you! I get a lot more data now, and I am seeing that the data may have too many issues for me to use for this purpose. For example, the highway named Old San Antonio Road has a boundary = administrative attribute and admin_level = 6, both of which are wrong. It is a road, not a boundary, and its jurisdiction would be the same as Texas, which is admin_level = 4.

I’ll probably need to use a ShapeFile instead.