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Port Hope, Michigan

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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 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 Port Hope: 2399003

GNIS ID for Huron County: 1622974

GNIS ID for Michigan: 1779789

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 Port Hope:

Place (Community) Code:  65800
State Code:  26 (Michigan)
County Code:  063 (Huron 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:  26/65800
State/County Code:  26/063

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 Michigan:    26   1779789
Huron County:    26/063   1622974
Port Hope:    26/65800   2399003

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

Lat:   43° 56' 21"   (or 43.94°)

Lon:   -82° 42' 53"   (or -82.71°)   [Map]

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

Lat:   43° 56' 21"   (or 43.94°)

Lon:   -82° 42' 53"   (or -82.71°)   [Map]

The map point defined by the Census Bureau lies 0.9 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° 56' 27"   (or 43.94°)

Lon:   -82° 42' 49"   (or -82.71°)   [Map]

The GPS location given for the 2000 Census lies 623 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. Port Hope is located in Region #2 (the Midwest Region).

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

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

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

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 village like Port Hope, it does identify addresses that are in (or near) Port Hope. 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 Port Hope: 48468<3>

Referenced GNIS Records ...

GNIS ID #635265   (Name of Record: Port Hope)

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: Huron

Map Name: Port Hope

Lat: 43.9408446       Lon: -82.7127124   [Map]

Elev: 186 ft.

GNIS ID #2399003   (Name of Record: Village of Port Hope)

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: Huron

Map Name: Port Hope

Lat: 43.9394064       Lon: -82.714955   [Map]

Elev: 186 ft.

Referenced FIPS Records ...

FIPS Code: 26/65800   (Place Name: Port Hope)

County: Huron     (FIPS State/County: 26/063)

Class: C1

Identifies an incorporated place (ie- Port Hope) 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- Huron County).

GSA Code: 4050

MRF Code: 2215

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Michigan

About Huron County

About Michigan

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Michigan:

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 215 degrees and a distance of 0.9 feet.
<2>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the 2000 Census location is 328 degrees and a distance of 623 feet.
<3>When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Port Hope or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).




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