# STNumPoints (geometry Data Type)

Returns the sum of the number of points in each of the figures in a geometry instance.

## Syntax

```
.STNumPoints ( )
```

## Return Types

SQL Server return type: int

CLR return type: SqlInt32

## Remarks

This method counts the points in the description of a geometry instance. Duplicate points are counted. If this instance is a collection type, this method returns the sum of the points in each of its elements.

## Examples

The following example creates a LineString instance and uses STNumPoints() to determine how many points were used in the description of the instance.

```
DECLARE @g geometry;
SET @g = geometry::STGeomFromText('LINESTRING(0 0, 2 2, 1 0)', 0);
SELECT @g.STNumPoints();
```