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Newell, Iowa

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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 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 Newell: 2395223

GNIS ID for Buena Vista County: 465200

GNIS ID for Iowa: 1779785

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 Newell:

Place (Community) Code:  55965
State Code:  19 (Iowa)
County Code:  021 (Buena Vista 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:  19/55965
State/County Code:  19/021

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 Iowa:    19   1779785
Buena Vista County:    19/021   465200
Newell:    19/55965   2395223

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

Lat:   42° 36' 35"   (or 42.61°)

Lon:   -95° 0' 14"   (or -95°)   [Map]

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

Lat:   42° 36' 35"   (or 42.61°)

Lon:   -95° 0' 14"   (or -95°)   [Map]

The map point defined by the Census Bureau lies 4.1 feet to the northwest<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° 36' 21"   (or 42.61°)

Lon:   -95° 0' 7"   (or -95°)   [Map]

The GPS location given for the 2000 Census lies 1,460 feet to the south<2> of the point given by the 2010 Census.

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Regional Codes ...

For statistical purposes, the US Census Bureau has divided the country into four Regions. Newell is located in Region #2 (the Midwest Region).

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

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

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has created ten Management Regions. Newell 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 Newell, it does identify addresses that are in (or near) Newell. 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 Newell: 50568<3>

Referenced GNIS Records ...

GNIS ID #459505   (Name of Record: Newell)

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: Buena Vista

Map Name: Newell West

Lat: 42.6055342       Lon: -95.002767   [Map]

Elev: 385 ft.

GNIS ID #2395223   (Name of Record: City of Newell)

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: Buena Vista

Map Name: Newell West

Lat: 42.6097519       Lon: -95.003953   [Map]

Elev: 384 ft.

Referenced FIPS Records ...

FIPS Code: 19/55965   (Place Name: Newell)

County: Buena Vista     (FIPS State/County: 19/021)

Class: C1

Identifies an incorporated place (ie- Newell) 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- Buena Vista County).

GSA Code: 6000

MRF Code: 3025

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Iowa

About Buena Vista County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Buena Vista County:

The official website for State of Iowa:

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 27 degrees and a distance of 4.1 feet.

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<2>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the 2000 Census location is 198 degrees and a distance of 1,460 feet.

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

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