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So far, we have found very little information about Avoca. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Avoca to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Avoca, please Contact Us.




Various Identification Codes ...

GNIS Codes ...

The U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN) was created to address the problems caused by spelling and naming variations. The BGN will usually recognize an existing name or, when necessary, chose a name for a geographic feature (such as a mountain, lake, river, stream, city, town, village, dam, bridge, etc).

The BGN names are kept in a database called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) and it is the official Federal repository. The GNIS is operated and maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

A unique and permanent identifier has been assigned for each name in the GNIS database. These names and identifiers are definitive and it is intended that they are to be used by all departments of the Federal Government:

GNIS ID for Avoca: 149784

GNIS ID for Lawrence County: 161565

GNIS ID for Alabama: 1779775

FIPS Codes ...

In a past effort, various federal agencies created a set of codes with a purpose similar to the GNIS codes. These codes are called the Federal Information Processing Standard (or the FIPS 55 codes). Although they are still used by some organizations, the FIPS codes are obsolete and will ultimately be replaced by the GNIS codes.

The following FIPS codes apply to Avoca:

Place (Community) Code:  03340
State Code:  01 (Alabama)
County Code:  079 (Lawrence County)

Since the Place and County FIPS codes are not unique and can be repeated in other States, it's necessary to combine the State code with the Place and County FIPS codes to uniquely identify them - for example:

State/Place Code:  01/03340
State/County Code:  01/079

As already mentioned, the FIPS codes are to be replaced by the GNIS codes. The following reflect those changes:

 FIPS Code   translates to   GNIS Code
State of Alabama:    01   1779775
Lawrence County:    01/079   161565
Avoca:    01/03340   149784

GPS Location - GNIS Coordinates ...

An important aspect of the GNIS code is that it assigns a GPS location (the latitude/longitude) to the geographic feature. This location is simply a point on the map and does not represent the size or shape of the feature. In the case of Avoca, it is a point within Avoca that might be a post office, the city hall or simply an intersection - the point should really be considered arbitrary and only indicating a general location.

For Avoca, the GNIS GPS location is given as:

Lat:   34° 34' 30"   (or 34.58°)

Lon:   -87° 30' 20"   (or -87.51°)   [Map]

Regional Codes ...

For statistical purposes, the US Census Bureau has divided the country into four Regions. Avoca would have been located in Region #3 (the South Region).

In turn, the US Census Bureau has further divided each Region into Divisions. Avoca would have been located in Division #6 (the East South-Central Division).

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has created ten Federal Regions. Avoca would have been located in Region IV (Region 4).

Referenced GNIS Records ...

GNIS ID #149784   (Name of Record: Avoca (historical))

Class: populated place

A place or area having clustered or scattered buildings and a permanent population (such as a city, settlement, town or village). The boundaries may or may not coincide with the perceived population.

A 'populated place' record may have a corresponding 'census' or 'civil' record. The information contained in the 'populated place' record applies only to the class and should not be confused with either the 'census' and 'civil' classes.

County: Lawrence

Map Name: Old Bethel

Lat: 34.5750926       Lon: -87.5055811   [Map]

Elev: 183

Referenced FIPS Records ...

FIPS Code: 01/03340   (Place Name: Avoca)

County: Lawrence     (FIPS State/County: 01/079)

Class: U8

Identifies a populated place (in this case, Avoca) located wholly or substantially outside the boundaries of an incorporated place or CDP (Census Designated Place) but whose name has not been verified as authoritative by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

MSA Code: 2030

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau



The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau



The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/







Footnotes ...

<1>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Avoca, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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