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South Fort Smith, Arkansas

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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 numeric 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 South Fort Smith: 58657

GNIS ID for Sebastian County: 69181

GNIS ID for Arkansas: 68085

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 South Fort Smith:

Place (Community) Code:  65360
State Code:  05 (Arkansas)
County Code:  131 (Sebastian 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:  05/65360
State/County Code:  05/131

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 Arkansas:    05   68085
Sebastian County:    05/131   69181
South Fort Smith:    05/65360   58657

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 South Fort Smith, it is a point within South Fort Smith 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 South Fort Smith, the GNIS GPS location is given as:

Lat:   35° 19' 53"   (or 35.33°)

Lon:   -94° 24' 3"   (or -94.4°)   [Map]

Regional Codes ...

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

In turn, the US Census Bureau has further divided each Region into Divisions. South Fort Smith is located in Division #7 (the West South-Central Division).

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has created ten Federal Regions. South Fort Smith is located in Region VI (Region 6).

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has created ten Management Regions. South Fort Smith is located in Region VI (Region 6).

Referenced GNIS Records ...

GNIS ID #58657   (Name of Record: South Fort Smith)

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: Sebastian

Map Name: South Fort Smith

Lat: 35.3314811       Lon: -94.4010479   [Map]

Elev: 149 ft.

Referenced FIPS Records ...

FIPS Code: 05/65360   (Place Name: South Fort Smith)

County: Sebastian     (FIPS State/County: 05/131)

Class: U4

Identifies a populated place (ie- South Fort Smith) which is wholly or substantially located within the boundaries of an incorporated place with a different name. The Part of Code identifies the incorporated place.

Part-of-Code: 24550

GSA Code: 3653

MSA Code: 2720

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