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Smoke Rise, Alabama
(Blount County)

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 The location of Smoke Rise 

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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 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 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 Smoke Rise: 135171

GNIS ID for Blount County: 161530

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 Smoke Rise:

Place (Community) Code:  71201
State Code:  01 (Alabama)
County Code:  009 (Blount 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:  01/71201
State/County Code:  01/009

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
Blount County:    01/009   161530
Smoke Rise:    01/71201   135171

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

Lat:   33° 53' 30"   (or 33.89°)

Lon:   -86° 49' 12"   (or -86.82°)   [Map]

Regional Codes ...

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

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

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

Referenced GNIS Records ...

GNIS ID #135171   (Name of Record: Smoke Rise)

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: Blount

Map Name: Blount Springs

Lat: 33.8917677       Lon: -86.8202746   [Map]

Elev: 310

Referenced FIPS Records ...

FIPS Code: 01/71201   (Place Name: Smoke Rise)

County: Blount     (FIPS State/County: 01/009)

Class: U1

MRF Code: 1588

MSA Code: 1000

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

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The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau



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The official website for Blount County: www.co.blount.al.us/

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




 
 
 

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