Text vs. Address (Geographic Address Search)

Hey there everyone!

My app has 2 user cases, those posting jobs and those searching. I want addresses/zip codes to be sortable by job seekers (ie "search jobs in x mile radius), but would also like the job poster to be able to save the address to their personal history and have it available in a drop down menu to reuse as an autofill in future postings.

I’m assuming addresses can only be searchable via an “x mile radius” feature if the geographic address option is used. Is there a benefit to using the text input group instead? Is this even possible?

Thanks for your help!

It’s always “safer” to have both fields but with geographic address fields, you can always format the address as a text so I’d prioritize the geographic address over the text field.


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So In essence, I need to use both, right? I just realized I can program it to have one input saved as multiple field types in the database. (Please correct me if I’m wrong!)