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Pleasant Groves, 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 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 Pleasant Groves: 2407134

GNIS ID for Jackson County: 161561

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 Pleasant Groves:

Place (Community) Code:  61038
State Code:  01 (Alabama)
County Code:  071 (Jackson 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:  01/61038
State/County Code:  01/071

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
Jackson County:    01/071   161561
Pleasant Groves:    01/61038   2407134

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

Lat:   34° 44' 7"   (or 34.74°)

Lon:   -86° 12' 18"   (or -86.21°)   [Map]

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

Lat:   34° 44' 5"   (or 34.73°)

Lon:   -86° 12' 19"   (or -86.21°)   [Map]

The map point defined by the Census Bureau lies 273.8 feet to the southwest<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:   34° 44' 28"   (or 34.74°)

Lon:   -86° 11' 25"   (or -86.19°)   [Map]

The GPS location given for the 2000 Census lies 5,074 feet to the northeast<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. Pleasant Groves is located in Region #3 (the South Region).

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

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

Referenced GNIS Records ...

GNIS ID #2407134   (Name of Record: Town of Pleasant Groves)

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: Jackson

Map Name: Lim Rock

Lat: 34.7354934       Lon: -86.205051   [Map]

Elev: 462 ft.

Referenced FIPS Records ...

FIPS Code: 01/61038   (Place Name: Pleasant Groves (corporate name for Pleasant Grove))

County: Jackson     (FIPS State/County: 01/071)

Class: C1

Identifies an incorporated place (ie- Pleasant Groves) 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- Jackson County).

MRF Code: 1407

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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 Alabama: www.alabama.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the GNIS-supplied location is 155 degrees.

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<2>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the 2000 Census location is 297 degrees.

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