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Seward, Alaska

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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 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 code 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 Seward: 2419468

GNIS ID for Alaska: 1785533

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

Lat:   60° 6' 37"   (or 60.1°)

Lon:   -149° 23' 41"   (or -149.39°)   [Map]

Determined by its statistical needs, the Census Bureau has defined a sampling area for Seward - 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 Seward, the Census 2010 GPS location is given as:

Lat:   60° 7' 29"   (or 60.1°)

Lon:   -149° 23' 29"   (or -149.39°)   [Map]

The map point defined by the Census Bureau lies 5,273 feet to the north<1> of the point given by the GNIS (see above).

You might note that the GPS location given for the 2010 Census is different than the location that was specified by the 2000 Census:

Lat:   60° 7' 28"   (or 60.1°)

Lon:   -149° 26' 0"   (or -149.43°)   [Map]

The GPS location given for the 2000 Census lies 7,607 feet to the west<2> of the point given by the 2010 Census.

Regional Codes ...

For statistical purposes, the US Census Bureau has divided the country into four Regions. Seward is located in Region #4 (the West Region).

In turn, the US Census Bureau has further divided each Region into Divisions. Seward is located in Division #9 (the Pacific Division).

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has created ten Federal Regions. Seward is located in Region X (Region 10).

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 Seward, it does identify addresses that are in (or near) Seward. 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 Seward: 99664<3>

Referenced GNIS Records ...

GNIS ID #1414598   (Name of Record: Seward)

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: Kenai Peninsula

Map Name: Seward A-7

Lat: 60.1041667       Lon: -149.4422222   [Map]

Elev: 26 ft.

GNIS ID #2419468   (Name of Record: City of Seward)

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: Kenai Peninsula

Map Name: Seward A-7

Lat: 60.1104219       Lon: -149.39498   [Map]

Elev: 0 ft.

Referenced FIPS Records ...

FIPS Code: 02/68560   (Place Name: Seward)

County: Kenai Peninsula     (FIPS State/County: 02/122)

Class: C1

Identifies an incorporated place (ie- Seward) that is not recognized as an Alaska Native Village (ANV) statistical area, nor does it serve as a primary county division - or in other words, it is included in and is part of a primary county division.

GSA Code: 2300

MRF Code: 2960

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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

The official website for Seward: www.sewardak.org/

The official website for State of Alaska: alaska.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the GNIS-supplied location is 353 degrees.

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<2>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the 2000 Census location is 90 degrees.

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<3>When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Seward or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Seward.