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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 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 Maricopa: 2411032

GNIS ID for Pinal County: 25447

GNIS ID for Arizona: 1779777

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 Maricopa:

Place (Community) Code:  44410
State Code:  04 (Arizona)
County Code:  021 (Pinal 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:  04/44410
State/County Code:  04/021

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 Arizona:    04   1779777
Pinal County:    04/021   25447
Maricopa:    04/44410   2411032

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

Lat:   33° 2' 33"   (or 33.04°)

Lon:   -111° 59' 27"   (or -111.99°)   [Map]

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

Lat:   33° 2' 43"   (or 33.05°)

Lon:   -112° 0' 55"   (or -112.02°)   [Map]

The map point defined by the Census Bureau lies 7,567 feet to the west<1> of the point given by the GNIS (see above).

Regional Codes ...

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

In turn, the US Census Bureau has further divided each Region into Divisions. Maricopa is located in Division #8 (the Mountain Division).

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has created ten Federal Regions. Maricopa is located in Region IX (Region 9).

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has created ten Management Regions. Maricopa is located in Region IX (Region 9).

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 Maricopa, it does identify addresses that are in (or near) Maricopa. 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 Maricopa: 85239<2>

Referenced GNIS Records ...

GNIS ID #7694   (Name of Record: Maricopa)

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: Pinal

Map Name: Maricopa

Lat: 33.0581063       Lon: -112.0476423   [Map]

Elev: 358 ft.


GNIS ID #2411032   (Name of Record: City of Maricopa)

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: Pinal

Map Name: Sacaton Butte

Lat: 33.0426167       Lon: -111.99096   [Map]

Elev: 366 ft.

Referenced FIPS Records ...

FIPS Code: 04/44410   (Place Name: Maricopa)

County: Pinal     (FIPS State/County: 04/021)

Class: U6

Identifies a populated place (ie- Maricopa) that is wholly or substantially located outside the boundaries of any incorporated place or CDP (Census Designated Place) that has an authoritative common name recognized by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

GSA Code: 297

MSA Code: 6200

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Arizona

About Pinal County

About Arizona

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Maricopa: www.cityofmaricopa.net/

The official website for Pinal County: www.co.pinal.az.us/

The official website for State of Arizona: https://az.gov/


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 of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB)

The official website of the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Footnotes ...

<1>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS-supplied location is 82 degrees and a distance of 7,567 feet.
<2>When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Maricopa or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).




 

 

 

 

 


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