They do say that the English and the Americans are separated by a common language
(By the way, you may be a long time TMG user, but I try? to explain my replies so that other users, possibly new, also viewing these posts may understand.)
To review Jim's earlier comments:
1) Data will always be located at the place level in which you enter it unless moved between levels in the Master Place List.
As I expressed, these place levels are the ten "slots" where the place data is stored regardless of their labels.
2) The labels on the tag Entry screen (and levels for data entry) will be determined by the place style chosen.
I think we have discussed this sufficiently.
3) The column headings for the place levels in the Master Place List are determined by the program language.
This is the one causing you problems.
If you choose "File / Language / English (U.S.)" the data "slots" columns will be labeled in the MPL:
3-City [which U.S. people often also use for Town]
But if you choose "File / Language / English (U.K.)" the data "slots" columns will be labeled in the MPL:
Note the differences between these two languages in the labels for "slots" 3, 4, and 5. As Jim stated the "File / Language" choice determines these MPL labels.
Thus if you import or do data entry using U.S. styles, that style will label slot 3 during data entry or import as City (which usually includes town). But the English(U.K.) label in the MPL for slot 3 is Village/Area, where slot 4 is Town/City. Hence your confusion.
I know that it is possible to "customize" a non-US language, such as English(U.K.), but that is beyond my experience. I think? such a customization is what you would have to do to change these MPL labels. Perhaps some other user who sets their "File / Language" to English (U.K.) can suggest some help in changing these MPL labels within that Language file. I don't know of any other way to change these MPL column labels.
Setting your data entry and import style to one language and the program language to a different language is causing your confusion. I think? most non-US language users pick one language for both to avoid such confusions, but again maybe some non-US language users will comment.
Hope this is clearer,