It's pretty hard to be on this planet and not be recognized as a citizen of somewhere. You can be a citizen of a city, a country, or the world. Citizen can mean "an inhabitant of a particular place."

To be recognized as an official citizen of a town, city, or country, one typically has to meet certain requirements. In return, one gets certain rights, such as the right to vote. In other uses, a citizen may just be someone who lives in a place, such as a "citizen of the world." That's a nice thing to be, but it's not going to get you social security payments when you retire.

Definitions of citizen

n a native or naturalized member of a state or other political community

alien, foreigner, noncitizen, outlander
a person who comes from a foreign country; someone who does not owe allegiance to your country
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active citizen
a citizen who takes an active role in the community (as in crime prevention and neighborhood watch)
a nonmilitary citizen
freeman, freewoman
a person who is not a serf or a slave
private citizen
a citizen who does not hold any official or public position
a person who has returned to the country of origin or whose citizenship has been restored
a man ranking above an ordinary freeman and below a noble in Anglo-Saxon England (especially one who gave military service in exchange for land)
elector, voter
a citizen who has a legal right to vote
a member of a constituency; a citizen who is represented in a government by officials for whom he or she votes
crossover, crossover voter
a voter who is registered as a member of one political party but who votes in the primary of another party
a voter who votes illegally at different polling places in the same election
freedman, freedwoman
a person who has been freed from slavery
floating voter, swing voter
a voter who has no allegiance to any political party and whose unpredictable decisions can swing the outcome of an election one way or the other
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national, subject
a person who owes allegiance to that nation

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