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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 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 numeric 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 Lutherville: 590711

GNIS ID for Baltimore County: 1695314

GNIS ID for Maryland: 1714934

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 Lutherville:

Place (Community) Code:  48875
State Code:  24 (Maryland)
County Code:  005 (Baltimore 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:  24/48875
State/County Code:  24/005

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 Maryland:    24   1714934
Baltimore County:    24/005   1695314
Lutherville:    24/48875   590711

GPS Location - GNIS Coordinates ...

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

Lat:   39° 25' 16"   (or 39.42°)

Lon:   -76° 37' 33"   (or -76.63°)  

Regional Codes ...

For statistical purposes, the US Census Bureau has divided the country into four Regions. Lutherville is located in Region #3 (the South Region).

In turn, the US Census Bureau has further divided each Region into Divisions. Lutherville is located in Division #5 (the South Atlantic Division).

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has created ten Federal Regions. Lutherville is located in Region III (Region 3).

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has created ten Management Regions. Lutherville is located in Region III (Region 3).

Referenced GNIS Records ...

GNIS ID #590711   (Name of Record: Lutherville)

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: Baltimore

Map Name: Cockeysville

Lat: 39.4212175       Lon: -76.6260805  

Elev: 126 ft.

Referenced FIPS Records ...

FIPS Code: 24/48875   (Place Name: Lutherville)

County: Baltimore     (FIPS State/County: 24/005)

Class: U3

Part-of-Code: 48900

MSA Code: 720

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The official website for Baltimore County: www.co.ba.md.us/

The official website for State of Maryland: www.maryland.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)










 

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