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Forest River Colony, 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, 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 Forest River Colony: 1029004

GNIS ID for Grand Forks County: 1034218

GNIS ID for North Dakota: 1779797

FIPS Codes ...

In a past effort, various federal agencies worked together to create 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 Forest River Colony:

Place (Community) Code:  27180
State Code:  38 (North Dakota)
County Code:  035 (Grand Forks 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:  38/27180
State/County Code:  38/035

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
Grand Forks County:    38/035   1034218
Forest River Colony:    38/27180   1029004

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 Forest River Colony, it is a point within Forest River Colony 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 Forest River Colony, the GNIS GPS location is given as:

Lat:   48° 10' 55"   (or 48.18°)

Lon:   -97° 42' 12"   (or -97.7°)   [Map]

Regional Codes ...

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

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

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

Referenced GNIS Records ...

GNIS ID #1029004   (Name of Record: Forest River Colony)

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: Grand Forks

Map Name: Inkster

Lat: 48.1822145       Lon: -97.7034203   [Map]

Elev: 318 ft.

Referenced FIPS Records ...

FIPS Code: 38/27180   (Place Name: Forest River Colony)

County: Grand Forks     (FIPS State/County: 38/035)

Class: U6

Identifies a populated place (ie- Forest River Colony) that is wholly or substantially located outside the boundaries of any incorporated place or CDP (Census Designated Place) that has an authoritative common name recognized by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

MSA Code: 2985

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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The official website for Grand Forks County: www.grandforkscountygov.com/

The official website for State of North Dakota: www.nd.gov/