Phoexo Phoexo - 1 year ago 87
SQL Question

How do I return rows with a specific value first?

I want my query to return the rows of the table where a column contains a specific value first, and then return the rest of the rows alphabetized.

If I have a table something like this example:

- Table: Users
- id - name - city
- 1 George Seattle
- 2 Sam Miami
- 3 John New York
- 4 Amy New York
- 5 Eric Chicago
- 6 Nick New York

And using that table I want to my query to return the rows which contain New York first, and then the rest of the rows alphabetized by city. Is this possible to do using only one query?

Answer Source

If your SQL dialect is intelligent enough to treat boolean expressions as having a numeric value, then you can use:

FROM `Users`
ORDER BY (`city` = 'New York') DESC, `city`