Storing geographical locations in Django/MySQL model, and querying based on proximity

We're trying to make an iOS app that allows users to create geographical points of interest on a map. We are currently evaluating whether we can use Django/MySQL as a backend for the app.

When the app asks our server for 'points' we only want to return those that are within 5km of the user. Thus we need some way of storing the latitude & longitude in the database model and then being able to query the database for points near the users co-ordinates.

E.g. in pseudo code:

SELECT Point FROM Database,

Can this be done with Django and MySQL?


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