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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 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 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 Acequia: 2409658

GNIS ID for Minidoka County: 394807

GNIS ID for Idaho: 1779783

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 Acequia:

Place (Community) Code:  00280
State Code:  16 (Idaho)
County Code:  067 (Minidoka 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:  16/00280
State/County Code:  16/067

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 Idaho:    16   1779783
Minidoka County:    16/067   394807
Acequia:    16/00280   2409658

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

Lat:   42° 40' 5"   (or 42.67°)

Lon:   -113° 35' 40"   (or -113.59°)  

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

Lat:   42° 40' 2"   (or 42.67°)

Lon:   -113° 35' 45"   (or -113.6°)  

The map point defined by the Census Bureau lies 446.6 feet to the southwest<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° 40' 6"   (or 42.67°)

Lon:   -113° 35' 42"   (or -113.6°)  

The GPS location given for the 2000 Census lies 445.5 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. Acequia is located in Region #4 (the West Region).

In turn, the US Census Bureau has further divided each Region into Divisions. Acequia is located in Division #8 (the Mountain Division).

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has created ten Federal Regions. Acequia is located in Region X (Region 10).

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has created ten Management Regions. Acequia is located in Region X (Region 10).

Referenced GNIS Records ...

GNIS ID #399762   (Name of Record: Acequia)

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: Minidoka

Map Name: Acequia

Lat: 42.6679642       Lon: -113.5969537  

Elev: 1270 ft.


GNIS ID #2409658   (Name of Record: City of Acequia)

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: Minidoka

Map Name: Acequia

Lat: 42.6681159       Lon: -113.59466  

Elev: 1270 ft.

Referenced FIPS Records ...

FIPS Code: 16/00280   (Place Name: Acequia)

County: Minidoka     (FIPS State/County: 16/067)

Class: C1

Identifies an incorporated place (ie- Acequia) 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- Minidoka County).

GSA Code: 11

MRF Code: 10

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The official website for Minidoka County: www.minidoka.id.us/

The official website for State of Idaho: www.state.id.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 126 degrees and a distance of 446.6 feet.
<2>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the 2000 Census location is 325 degrees and a distance of 445.5 feet.









 

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