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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, chose 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 North Chicago: 2395253

GNIS ID for Lake County: 1784796

GNIS ID for Illinois: 1779784

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 North Chicago:

Place (Community) Code:  53559
State Code:  17 (Illinois)
County Code:  097 (Lake 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:  17/53559
State/County Code:  17/097

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 Illinois:    17   1779784
Lake County:    17/097   1784796
North Chicago:    17/53559   2395253

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

Lat:   42° 19' 2"   (or 42.32°)

Lon:   -87° 51' 33"   (or -87.86°)   [Map]

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

Lat:   42° 19' 0"   (or 42.32°)

Lon:   -87° 51' 33"   (or -87.86°)   [Map]

The map point defined by the Census Bureau lies 257.3 feet to the south<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° 19' 20"   (or 42.32°)

Lon:   -87° 51' 16"   (or -87.85°)   [Map]

The GPS location given for the 2000 Census lies 2,399 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. North Chicago is located in Region #2 (the Midwest Region).

In turn, the US Census Bureau has further divided each Region into Divisions. North Chicago is located in Division #3 (the East North-Central Division).

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has created ten Federal Regions. North Chicago is located in Region V (Region 5).

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has created ten Management Regions. North Chicago is located in Region V (Region 5).

ZIP Codes ...

While some people have used ZIP codes to identify a community, the ZIP codes were actually created to make mail delivery more efficient by grouping addresses together. Although a ZIP Code doesn't specifically identify a city like North Chicago, they do identify addresses that are in (or near) the city. 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.

Our list of ZIP codes for North Chicago :  & .<3>

Referenced GNIS Records ...

GNIS ID #414578   (Name of Record: North Chicago)

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: Lake

Map Name: Waukegan

Lat: 42.325578       Lon: -87.8411818   [Map]

Elev: 201 ft.

GNIS ID #2395253   (Name of Record: City of North Chicago)

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: Lake

Map Name: Waukegan

Lat: 42.3173828       Lon: -87.859419   [Map]

Elev: 211 ft.

Referenced FIPS Records ...

FIPS Code: 17/53559   (Place Name: North Chicago)

County: Lake     (FIPS State/County: 17/097)

Class: C1

Identifies an incorporated place (ie- North Chicago) 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- Lake County).

GSA Code: 6290

MRF Code: 4195

MSA Code: 1600

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for North Chicago:

The official website for Lake County:

The official website for State of Illinois:

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 193 degrees and a distance of 257.3 feet.
<2>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the 2000 Census location is 327 degrees and a distance of 2,399 feet.
<3>When looking for a ZIP Code, whether North Chicago or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).




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