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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 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 Goleta: 2015546

GNIS ID for Santa Barbara County: 277306

GNIS ID for California: 1779778

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 Goleta:

Place (Community) Code:  30378
State Code:  06 (California)
County Code:  083 (Santa Barbara 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:  06/30378
State/County Code:  06/083

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 California:    06   1779778
Santa Barbara County:    06/083   277306
Goleta:    06/30378   2015546

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

Lat:   34° 26' 9"   (or 34.44°)

Lon:   -119° 51' 34"   (or -119.86°)   [Map]

Regional Codes ...

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

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

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

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

ZIP Codes ...

While some people have used ZIP codes to identify a community, the ZIP codes were actually created to make mail delivery more efficient by grouping addresses together. Although a ZIP Code doesn't specifically identify a city like Goleta, they do identify addresses that are in (or near) the city. 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.

Our list of ZIP codes for Goleta : 93116, 93117 & 93118.<1>

Referenced GNIS Records ...

GNIS ID #1660687   (Name of Record: Goleta)

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: Santa Barbara

Map Name: Goleta

Lat: 34.4358295       Lon: -119.8276389   [Map]

Elev: 6 ft.


GNIS ID #2015546   (Name of Record: City of Goleta)

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: Santa Barbara

Map Name: Goleta

Lat: 34.4360161       Lon: -119.85971   [Map]

Elev: 13 ft.

Referenced FIPS Records ...

FIPS Code: 06/30378   (Place Name: Goleta)

County: Santa Barbara     (FIPS State/County: 06/083)

Class: U6

Identifies a populated place (ie- Goleta) 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: 1445

MSA Code: 7480

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Goleta: www.cityofgoleta.org/

The official website for Santa Barbara County: www.countyofsb.org/

The official website for State of California: www.state.ca.us/


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>When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Goleta or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

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