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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 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 Grace City: 1036062

GNIS ID for Foster County: 1034223

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 Grace City:

Place (Community) Code:  31740
State Code:  38 (North Dakota)
County Code:  031 (Foster 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:  38/31740
State/County Code:  38/031

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
Foster County:    38/031   1034223
Grace City:    38/31740   1036062

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

Lat:   47° 33' 1"   (or 47.55°)

Lon:   -98° 48' 15"   (or -98.8°)   [Map]

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

Lat:   47° 33' 10"   (or 47.55°)

Lon:   -98° 48' 15"   (or -98.8°)   [Map]

The map point defined by the Census Bureau lies 833 feet to the north<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:   47° 33' 1"   (or 47.55°)

Lon:   -98° 48' 15"   (or -98.8°)   [Map]

The GPS location given for the 2000 Census lies 868 feet to the south<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. Grace City is located in Region #2 (the Midwest Region).

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

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

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

Referenced GNIS Records ...

GNIS ID #1029191   (Name of Record: Grace City)

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: Foster

Map Name: Grace City

Lat: 47.5513859       Lon: -98.8053836   [Map]

Elev: 461 ft.


GNIS ID #1036062   (Name of Record: City of Grace City)

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: Foster

Map Name: Grace City

Lat: 47.5505526       Lon: -98.8042725   [Map]

Elev: 461 ft.

Referenced FIPS Records ...

FIPS Code: 38/31740   (Place Name: Grace City)

County: Foster     (FIPS State/County: 38/031)

Class: C5

GSA Code: 1268

MRF Code: 683

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for North Dakota

About Foster County

About North Dakota

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

Footnotes ...

<1>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS-supplied location is 358 degrees and a distance of 833 feet.
<2>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the 2000 Census location is 176 degrees and a distance of 868 feet.




 

 

 

 

 


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