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West Greene, 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 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 West Greene: 157238

GNIS ID for Greene County: 161557

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 West Greene:

Place (Community) Code:  81264
State Code:  01 (Alabama)
County Code:  063 (Greene 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:  01/81264
State/County Code:  01/063

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
Greene County:    01/063   161557
West Greene:    01/81264   157238

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

Lat:   32° 55' 25"   (or 32.92°)

Lon:   -88° 5' 7"   (or -88.09°)   [Map]

Regional Codes ...

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

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

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has created ten Federal Regions. West Greene 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 West Greene, it does identify addresses that are in (or near) West Greene. 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 West Greene: 35491<1>

Referenced GNIS Records ...

GNIS ID #157238   (Name of Record: West Greene)

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: Greene

Map Name: West Greene

Lat: 32.923739       Lon: -88.0853004   [Map]

Elev: 50

Referenced FIPS Records ...

FIPS Code: 01/81264   (Place Name: West Greene)

County: Greene     (FIPS State/County: 01/063)

Class: U6

Identifies a populated place (ie- West Greene) 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: 3255

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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 West Greene or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

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