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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 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 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 Guadalupe: 2410672

GNIS ID for Santa Barbara County: 277306

GNIS ID for California: 1779778

FIPS Codes ...

In a past effort, various federal agencies worked together to create 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 Guadalupe:

Place (Community) Code:  31414
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:  06/31414
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
Guadalupe:    06/31414   2410672

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

Lat:   34° 57' 37"   (or 34.96°)

Lon:   -120° 34' 22"   (or -120.57°)   [Map]

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

Lat:   34° 57' 41"   (or 34.96°)

Lon:   -120° 34' 24"   (or -120.57°)   [Map]

The map point defined by the Census Bureau lies 503 feet to the north<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° 57' 56"   (or 34.97°)

Lon:   -120° 34' 23"   (or -120.57°)   [Map]

The GPS location given for the 2000 Census lies 1,445 feet to the north<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. Guadalupe is located in Region #4 (the West Region).

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

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

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has created ten Management Regions. Guadalupe 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 Guadalupe, it does identify addresses that are in (or near) Guadalupe. 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 Guadalupe: 93434<3>

Referenced GNIS Records ...

GNIS ID #243065   (Name of Record: Guadalupe)

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: Guadalupe

Lat: 34.9491445       Lon: -120.5640582   [Map]

Elev: 29 ft.


GNIS ID #1652715   (Name of Record: Guadalupe)

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: Guadalupe

Lat: 34.971644       Lon: -120.5718363   [Map]

Elev: 26 ft.


GNIS ID #2410672   (Name of Record: City of Guadalupe)

Class: civil

County: Santa Barbara

Map Name: Guadalupe

Lat: 34.9603061       Lon: -120.5729   [Map]

Elev: 27 ft.

Referenced FIPS Records ...

FIPS Code: 06/31414   (Place Name: Guadalupe)

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

Class: C1

Identifies an incorporated place (ie- Guadalupe) 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- Santa Barbara County).

GSA Code: 1510

MRF Code: 1180

MSA Code: 7480

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Guadalupe: www.ci.guadalupe.ca.us/

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>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS-supplied location is 16 degrees and a distance of 503 feet.

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<2>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the 2000 Census location is 356 degrees and a distance of 1,445 feet.

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<3>When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Guadalupe or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

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