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The location of New Site

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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 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 identification 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 New Site: 2406980

GNIS ID for Tallapoosa County: 161587

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 New Site:

Place (Community) Code:  54432
State Code:  01 (Alabama)
County Code:  123 (Tallapoosa 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:  01/54432
State/County Code:  01/123

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
Tallapoosa County:    01/123   161587
New Site:    01/54432   2406980

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

Lat:   33° 1' 41"   (or 33.03°)

Lon:   -85° 46' 48"   (or -85.78°)   [Map]

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

Lat:   33° 1' 41"   (or 33.03°)

Lon:   -85° 46' 53"   (or -85.78°)   [Map]

The map point defined by the Census Bureau lies 397 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:   33° 1' 49"   (or 33.03°)

Lon:   -85° 47' 12"   (or -85.79°)   [Map]

The GPS location given for the 2000 Census lies 1,804 feet to the northwest<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. New Site is located in Region #3 (the South Region).

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

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

Referenced GNIS Records ...

GNIS ID #155177   (Name of Record: New Site)

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: Tallapoosa

Map Name: New Site

Lat: 33.0373435       Lon: -85.7741266   [Map]

Elev: 270 ft.


GNIS ID #2406980   (Name of Record: Town of New Site)

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: Tallapoosa

Map Name: New Site

Lat: 33.0282201       Lon: -85.78014   [Map]

Elev: 256 ft.

Referenced FIPS Records ...

FIPS Code: 01/54432   (Place Name: New Site)

County: Tallapoosa     (FIPS State/County: 01/123)

Class: C1

Identifies an incorporated place (ie- New Site) that does not serve as a primary county division - or in other words, it is included in and is part of a primary county division (ie- Tallapoosa County).

GSA Code: 2226

MRF Code: 1253

Other Roadside Stops ...



Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Tallapoosa County

About Alabama

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 Alabama: www.alabama.gov/



Footnotes ...

<1>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the GNIS-supplied location is 97 degrees.

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<2>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the 2000 Census location is 63 degrees.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for New Site.