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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, chose 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 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 McKinley: 2393297

GNIS ID for Kittson County: 659480

GNIS ID for Minnesota: 662849

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 McKinley:

Place (Community) Code:  39112
State Code:  27 (Minnesota)
County Code:  069 (Kittson 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:  27/39112
State/County Code:  27/069

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 Minnesota:    27   662849
Kittson County:    27/069   659480
McKinley:    27/39112   2393297

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

Lat:   48° 56' 42"   (or 48.95°)

Lon:   -96° 36' 8"   (or -96.6°)   [Map]

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

Lat:   48° 56' 7"   (or 48.94°)

Lon:   -96° 36' 57"   (or -96.62°)   [Map]

The map point defined by the Census Bureau lies 4,821 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:   48° 56' 18"   (or 48.94°)

Lon:   -96° 36' 47"   (or -96.61°)   [Map]

The GPS location given for the 2000 Census lies 1,303 feet to the northeast<2> of the point given by the 2010 Census.

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Regional Codes ...

For statistical purposes, the US Census Bureau has divided the country into four Regions. McKinley is located in Region #2 (the Midwest Region).

In turn, the US Census Bureau has further divided each Region into Divisions. McKinley is located in Division #4 (the West North-Central Division).

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

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

Referenced GNIS Records ...

GNIS ID #2393297   (Name of Record: Unorganized Territory of McKinley)

Class: census

A statistical area delineated locally specifically for the tabulation of Census Bureau data (ie- Census Designated Place, Census County Division, Unorganized Territory and various types of American Indian/Alaska Native statistical areas).

A 'census' record may have a corresponding 'civil' or 'populated place' record. The information contained in the 'census' record applies only to the class and should not be confused with either the 'civil' and 'populated place' classes.

County: Kittson

Map Name: Skull Lake NE

Lat: 48.9451765       Lon: -96.602231   [Map]

Elev: 305 ft.

Referenced FIPS Records ...

FIPS Code: 27/39112   (Place Name: McKinley (Unorganized Territory of))

County: Kittson     (FIPS State/County: 27/069)

Class: Z3

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Minnesota

About Kittson County

About Minnesota

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Minnesota:

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 137 degrees and a distance of 4,821 feet.

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<2>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the 2000 Census location is 330 degrees and a distance of 1,303 feet.

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