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Des Lacs, North Dakota

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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 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 Des Lacs: 1035988

GNIS ID for Ward County: 1034231

GNIS ID for North Dakota: 1779797

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 Des Lacs:

Place (Community) Code:  19300
State Code:  38 (North Dakota)
County Code:  101 (Ward 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:  38/19300
State/County Code:  38/101

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 North Dakota:    38   1779797
Ward County:    38/101   1034231
Des Lacs:    38/19300   1035988

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

Lat:   48° 15' 25"   (or 48.26°)

Lon:   -101° 33' 48"   (or -101.56°)   [Map]

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

Lat:   48° 15' 24"   (or 48.26°)

Lon:   -101° 33' 49"   (or -101.56°)   [Map]

The map point defined by the Census Bureau lies 60 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° 15' 24"   (or 48.26°)

Lon:   -101° 33' 48"   (or -101.56°)   [Map]

The GPS location given for the 2000 Census lies 25.75 feet to the east<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. Des Lacs is located in Region #2 (the Midwest Region).

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

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has created ten Federal Regions. Des Lacs is located in Region VIII (Region 8).

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has created ten Management Regions. Des Lacs is located in Region VIII (Region 8).

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 Des Lacs, it does identify addresses that are in (or near) Des Lacs. 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 Des Lacs: 58733<3>

Referenced GNIS Records ...

GNIS ID #1028663   (Name of Record: Des Lacs)

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: Ward

Map Name: Des Lacs

Lat: 48.257788       Lon: -101.5634984   [Map]

Elev: 589 ft.

GNIS ID #1035988   (Name of Record: City of Des Lacs)

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: Ward

Map Name: Des Lacs

Lat: 48.2569546       Lon: -101.5634985   [Map]

Elev: 589 ft.

Referenced FIPS Records ...

FIPS Code: 38/19300   (Place Name: Des Lacs)

County: Ward     (FIPS State/County: 38/101)

Class: C5

GSA Code: 770

MRF Code: 410

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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The official website for Ward County:

The official website for State of North Dakota:

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 123 degrees and a distance of 60 feet.
<2>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the 2000 Census location is 267 degrees and a distance of 25.75 feet.
<3>When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Des Lacs or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).






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