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Shannon, Alabama

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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, establish a new 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 numeric 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 Shannon: 126626

GNIS ID for Jefferson County: 161562

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 Shannon:

Place (Community) Code:  69552
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:  01/69552
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
Shannon:    01/69552   126626

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

Lat:   33° 24' 19"   (or 33.41°)

Lon:   -86° 52' 18"   (or -86.87°)   [Map]

Regional Codes ...

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

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

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has created ten Federal Regions. Shannon 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 community like Shannon, it does identify addresses that are in (or near) Shannon. 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 Shannon: 35142<1>

Referenced GNIS Records ...

GNIS ID #126626   (Name of Record: Shannon)

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: Birmingham South

Lat: 33.4053871       Lon: -86.8719351   [Map]

Elev: 197

Referenced FIPS Records ...

FIPS Code: 01/69552   (Place Name: Shannon)

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

Class: U6

Identifies a populated place (ie- Shannon) that is wholly or substantially located outside the boundaries of any incorporated place or CDP (Census Designated Place) that has an authoritative common name recognized by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

GSA Code: 2767

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

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Footnotes ...

<1>When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Shannon or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

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