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Saint Anthony, Idaho

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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 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 Saint Anthony: 2411755

GNIS ID for Fremont County: 395408

GNIS ID for Idaho: 1779783

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 Saint Anthony:

Place (Community) Code:  71020
State Code:  16 (Idaho)
County Code:  043 (Fremont 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:  16/71020
State/County Code:  16/043

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
Fremont County:    16/043   395408
Saint Anthony:    16/71020   2411755

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

Lat:   43° 57' 53"   (or 43.96°)

Lon:   -111° 41' 4"   (or -111.68°)   [Map]

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

Lat:   43° 57' 53"   (or 43.96°)

Lon:   -111° 41' 5"   (or -111.68°)   [Map]

The map point defined by the Census Bureau lies 91.1 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:   43° 57' 57"   (or 43.97°)

Lon:   -111° 41' 4"   (or -111.68°)   [Map]

The GPS location given for the 2000 Census lies 469.8 feet to the north<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. Saint Anthony is located in Region #4 (the West Region).

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

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

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

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 Saint Anthony, it does identify addresses that are in (or near) Saint Anthony. 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 Saint Anthony: 83445<3>

Referenced GNIS Records ...

GNIS ID #398080   (Name of Record: Saint Anthony)

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: Fremont

Map Name: Saint Anthony

Lat: 43.9663008       Lon: -111.6821847   [Map]

Elev: 1514 ft.

GNIS ID #2411755   (Name of Record: City of Saint Anthony)

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: Fremont

Map Name: Saint Anthony

Lat: 43.9647606       Lon: -111.68449   [Map]

Elev: 1506 ft.

Referenced FIPS Records ...

FIPS Code: 16/71020   (Place Name: Saint Anthony)

County: Fremont     (FIPS State/County: 16/043)

Class: C1

Identifies an incorporated place (ie- Saint Anthony) 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- Fremont County).

GSA Code: 1600

MRF Code: 860

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Saint Anthony:

The official website for Fremont County:

The official website for State of Idaho:

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 77 degrees and a distance of 91.1 feet.
<2>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the 2000 Census location is 348 degrees and a distance of 469.8 feet.
<3>When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Saint Anthony or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).




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