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Hermosa Beach, California

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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 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 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 Hermosa Beach: 2410749

GNIS ID for Los Angeles County: 277283

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 Hermosa Beach:

Place (Community) Code:  33364
State Code:  06 (California)
County Code:  037 (Los Angeles 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:  06/33364
State/County Code:  06/037

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
Los Angeles County:    06/037   277283
Hermosa Beach:    06/33364   2410749

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

Lat:   33° 51' 37"   (or 33.86°)

Lon:   -118° 25' 7"   (or -118.42°)   [Map]

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

Lat:   33° 51' 54"   (or 33.87°)

Lon:   -118° 23' 46"   (or -118.4°)   [Map]

The map point defined by the Census Bureau lies 7,010 feet to the east<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:   33° 51' 58"   (or 33.87°)

Lon:   -118° 23' 58"   (or -118.4°)   [Map]

The GPS location given for the 2000 Census lies 1,093 feet to the west<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. Hermosa Beach is located in Region #4 (the West Region).

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

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

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has created ten Management Regions. Hermosa Beach 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 Hermosa Beach, it does identify addresses that are in (or near) Hermosa Beach. 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 Hermosa Beach: 90254<3>

Referenced GNIS Records ...

GNIS ID #1652719   (Name of Record: Hermosa Beach)

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: Los Angeles

Map Name: Redondo Beach

Lat: 33.8622367       Lon: -118.3995194   [Map]

Elev: 8 ft.

GNIS ID #2410749   (Name of Record: City of Hermosa Beach)

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: Los Angeles

Map Name: Redondo Beach

Lat: 33.8603405       Lon: -118.41868   [Map]

Elev: 0 ft.

Referenced FIPS Records ...

FIPS Code: 06/33364   (Place Name: Hermosa Beach)

County: Los Angeles     (FIPS State/County: 06/037)

Class: C1

Identifies an incorporated place (ie- Hermosa Beach) 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- Los Angeles County).

GSA Code: 1600

MRF Code: 1250

MSA Code: 4480

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Hermosa Beach:

The official website for Los Angeles County:

The official website for State of California:

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 284 degrees and a distance of 7,010 feet.

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<2>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the 2000 Census location is 69 degrees and a distance of 1,093 feet.

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

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Hermosa Beach.