A Gazetteer for the United States and Canada
Sterling, North Dakota
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 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 Sterling: 1032304
GNIS ID for Burleigh County: 1035614
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 Sterling:
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:
As already mentioned, the FIPS codes are to be replaced by the GNIS codes. The following reflect those changes:
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 Sterling, it is a point within Sterling 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 Sterling, the GNIS GPS location is given as:
Lat: 46° 48' 49" (or 46.81°)
Lon: -100° 17' 29" (or -100.29°) [Map]
Regional Codes ...
For statistical purposes, the US Census Bureau has divided the country into four Regions. Sterling is located in Region #2 (the Midwest Region).
In turn, the US Census Bureau has further divided each Region into Divisions. Sterling is located in Division #4 (the West North-Central Division).
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has created ten Federal Regions. Sterling is located in Region VIII (Region 8).
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has created ten Management Regions. Sterling 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 community like Sterling, it does identify addresses that are in (or near) Sterling. 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 Sterling: 58572<1>
Referenced GNIS Records ...
GNIS ID #1032304 (Name of Record: Sterling)
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.
Map Name: Sterling
Lat: 46.8138781 Lon: -100.2915003 [Map]
Elev: 557 ft.
Referenced FIPS Records ...
FIPS Code: 38/75900 (Place Name: Sterling)
County: Burleigh (FIPS State/County: 38/015)
Identifies a populated place (ie- Sterling) 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).
GSA Code: 2985
MSA Code: 1010
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Off-the-Road Links ...
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The official website for Burleigh County: www.co.burleigh.nd.us/
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)
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This page was last modified: 18 Apr 2022