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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 identification number 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 Clay: 2404063

GNIS ID for Jefferson County: 161562

GNIS ID for Alabama: 1779775

FIPS Codes ...

In a past effort, various federal agencies worked together to create 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 Clay:

Place (Community) Code:  15256
State Code:  01 (Alabama)
County Code:  073 (Jefferson 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:  01/15256
State/County Code:  01/073

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
Jefferson County:    01/073   161562
Clay:    01/15256   2404063

GPS Location - GNIS vs Census ...

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 Clay, it is a point within Clay 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 Clay, the GNIS GPS location is given as:

Lat:   33° 41' 58"   (or 33.7°)

Lon:   -86° 36' 13"   (or -86.6°)   [Map]

Determined by its statistical needs, the Census Bureau has defined a sampling area for Clay - this area also contains a map point. As with the GNIS code, the location of the Census point should be considered as being arbitrary within the sampling area.

For Clay, the Census 2010 GPS location is given as:

Lat:   33° 41' 51"   (or 33.7°)

Lon:   -86° 36' 27"   (or -86.61°)   [Map]

The map point defined by the Census Bureau lies 1,397 feet to the southwest<1> of the point given by the GNIS (see above).

Regional Codes ...

For statistical purposes, the US Census Bureau has divided the country into four Regions. Clay is located in Region #3 (the South Region).

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

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has created ten Federal Regions. Clay is located in Region IV (Region 4).

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 city like Clay, it does identify addresses that are in (or near) Clay. 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 Clay: 35048<2>

Referenced GNIS Records ...

GNIS ID #116194   (Name of Record: Clay)

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: Jefferson

Map Name: Argo

Lat: 33.7026013       Lon: -86.5997096   [Map]

Elev: 285


GNIS ID #2404063   (Name of Record: City of Clay)

Class: civil

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.

County: Jefferson

Map Name: Argo

Lat: 33.699569       Lon: -86.603703   [Map]

Elev: 287

Referenced FIPS Records ...

FIPS Code: 01/15256   (Place Name: Clay)

County: Jefferson     (FIPS State/County: 01/073)

Class: U3

Part-of-Code: 60654

GSA Code: 708

MSA Code: 1000

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website of the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN)

The official website of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau



Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Clay. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Jefferson County: www.jeffcointouch.com/

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







Footnotes ...

<1>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the GNIS-supplied location is 120 degrees.

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<2>When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Clay or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

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