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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 identification 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 New Vienna: 2395218

GNIS ID for Dubuque County: 465219

GNIS ID for Iowa: 1779785

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 New Vienna:

Place (Community) Code:  56550
State Code:  19 (Iowa)
County Code:  061 (Dubuque 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:  19/56550
State/County Code:  19/061

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 Iowa:    19   1779785
Dubuque County:    19/061   465219
New Vienna:    19/56550   2395218

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

Lat:   42° 32' 51"   (or 42.55°)

Lon:   -91° 6' 49"   (or -91.11°)   [Map]

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

Lat:   42° 32' 51"   (or 42.55°)

Lon:   -91° 6' 50"   (or -91.11°)   [Map]

The map point defined by the Census Bureau lies 37.68 feet to the west<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:   42° 32' 54"   (or 42.55°)

Lon:   -91° 6' 48"   (or -91.11°)   [Map]

The GPS location given for the 2000 Census lies 290.6 feet to the northeast<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. New Vienna is located in Region #2 (the Midwest Region).

In turn, the US Census Bureau has further divided each Region into Divisions. New Vienna is located in Division #4 (the West North-Central Division).

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has created ten Federal Regions. New Vienna is located in Region VII (Region 7).

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has created ten Management Regions. New Vienna is located in Region VII (Region 7).

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 New Vienna, it does identify addresses that are in (or near) New Vienna. 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 New Vienna: 52065<3>

Referenced GNIS Records ...

GNIS ID #459494   (Name of Record: New Vienna)

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: Dubuque

Map Name: New Vienna

Lat: 42.5480503       Lon: -91.1143005   [Map]

Elev: 305 ft.


GNIS ID #2395218   (Name of Record: City of New Vienna)

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: Dubuque

Map Name: New Vienna

Lat: 42.5477134       Lon: -91.113878   [Map]

Elev: 305 ft.

Referenced FIPS Records ...

FIPS Code: 19/56550   (Place Name: New Vienna)

County: Dubuque     (FIPS State/County: 19/061)

Class: C1

Identifies an incorporated place (ie- New Vienna) 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- Dubuque County).

GSA Code: 6100

MRF Code: 3075

MSA Code: 2200

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The Communities of Iowa

About Dubuque County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for New Vienna. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Dubuque County: www.dubuquecounty.org/

The official website for State of Iowa: www.iowa.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 110 degrees and a distance of 37.68 feet.

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<2>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the 2000 Census location is 335 degrees and a distance of 290.6 feet.

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

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