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The location of Osage









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 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 Osage: 2396088

GNIS ID for Mitchell County: 465254

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 Osage:

Place (Community) Code:  59745
State Code:  19 (Iowa)
County Code:  131 (Mitchell 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:  19/59745
State/County Code:  19/131

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
Mitchell County:    19/131   465254
Osage:    19/59745   2396088

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

Lat:   43° 16' 58"   (or 43.28°)

Lon:   -92° 48' 42"   (or -92.81°)   [Map]

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

Lat:   43° 16' 57"   (or 43.28°)

Lon:   -92° 48' 40"   (or -92.81°)   [Map]

The map point defined by the Census Bureau lies 189.7 feet to the southeast<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:   43° 17' 4"   (or 43.28°)

Lon:   -92° 48' 43"   (or -92.81°)   [Map]

The GPS location given for the 2000 Census lies 744 feet to the north<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. Osage is located in Region #2 (the Midwest Region).

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

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

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has created ten Management Regions. Osage 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 Osage, it does identify addresses that are in (or near) Osage. 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 Osage: 50461<3>

Referenced GNIS Records ...

GNIS ID #459903   (Name of Record: Osage)

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: Mitchell

Map Name: Osage

Lat: 43.2841383       Lon: -92.8110279   [Map]

Elev: 360 ft.


GNIS ID #2396088   (Name of Record: City of Osage)

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: Mitchell

Map Name: Osage

Lat: 43.2830432       Lon: -92.811855   [Map]

Elev: 358 ft.

Referenced FIPS Records ...

FIPS Code: 19/59745   (Place Name: Osage)

County: Mitchell     (FIPS State/County: 19/131)

Class: C1

Identifies an incorporated place (ie- Osage) 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- Mitchell County).

GSA Code: 6420

MRF Code: 3235

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Iowa

About Mitchell County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Iowa: https://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 220 degrees and a distance of 189.7 feet.

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<2>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the 2000 Census location is 15 degrees and a distance of 744 feet.

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

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