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Upper Kalskag, 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, 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 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 Upper Kalskag: 2418867

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

Lat:   61° 32' 30"   (or 61.5°)

Lon:   -160° 20' 1"   (or -160.33°)   [Map]

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

Lat:   61° 32' 20"   (or 61.5°)

Lon:   -160° 20' 55"   (or -160.35°)   [Map]

The map point defined by the Census Bureau lies 2,769 feet to the west<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:   61° 32' 14"   (or 61.5°)

Lon:   -160° 18' 57"   (or -160.32°)   [Map]

The GPS location given for the 2000 Census lies 5,705 feet to the east<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. Upper Kalskag is located in Region #4 (the West Region).

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

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

Referenced GNIS Records ...

GNIS ID #2418867   (Name of Record: City of Upper Kalskag)

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: Bethel (CA)

Map Name: Russian Mission C-4

Lat: 61.5418796       Lon: -160.33385   [Map]

Elev: 15 ft.

Referenced FIPS Records ...

FIPS Code: 02/81320   (Place Name: Upper Kalskag (native name: Kalskag))

County: Bethel (CA)     (FIPS State/County: 02/050)

Class: C6

GSA Code: 2725

MRF Code: 3440

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

Footnotes ...

<1>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the GNIS-supplied location is 111 degrees.

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<2>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the 2000 Census location is 263 degrees.

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