ZIP Codes ...
While some people have used a ZIP code to identify a community, the purpose of the ZIP code was to make mail delivery more efficient by grouping addresses together. Although the ZIP Code doesn't specifically identify a town like Chatom, it does identify addresses that are in (or near) Chatom. It's important to remember that the boundaries of a ZIP Code are defined by the needs of the USPS and can be changed, re-assigned or overlapped with other ZIP Codes.
The ZIP code for Chatom: 36518<3>
Referenced GNIS Records ...
GNIS ID #115982 (Name of Record: Chatom)
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.
Map Name: Chatom
Lat: 31.4651653 Lon: -88.2544557 [Map]
GNIS ID #2406259 (Name of Record: Town of Chatom)
A political division formed for administrative purposes (such as a borough, county, incorporated place, parish, town or township).
A 'civil' record may have a corresponding 'census' or 'populated place' record. The information contained in the 'civil' record applies only to the class and should not be confused with either the 'census' and 'populated place' classes.
Map Name: Rutan
Lat: 31.4690395 Lon: -88.246605 [Map]
Referenced FIPS Records ...
FIPS Code: 01/14008 (Place Name: Chatom)
County: Washington (FIPS State/County: 01/129)
Identifies an incorporated place (ie- Chatom) that does not serve as a primary county division - or in other words, it is included in and is part of a primary county division (ie- Washington County).
GSA Code: 650
MRF Code: 355