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Moriarty, New Mexico

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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 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 Moriarty: 2411165

GNIS ID for Torrance County: 929112

GNIS ID for New Mexico: 897535

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 Moriarty:

Place (Community) Code:  50160
State Code:  35 (New Mexico)
County Code:  057 (Torrance 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:  35/50160
State/County Code:  35/057

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 New Mexico:    35   897535
Torrance County:    35/057   929112
Moriarty:    35/50160   2411165

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

Lat:   35° 0' 24"   (or 35.01°)

Lon:   -106° 2' 54"   (or -106.05°)   [Map]

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

Lat:   35° 0' 23"   (or 35.01°)

Lon:   -106° 2' 53"   (or -106.05°)   [Map]

The map point defined by the Census Bureau lies 137.5 feet to the south<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:   34° 59' 59"   (or 35°)

Lon:   -106° 2' 48"   (or -106.05°)   [Map]

The GPS location given for the 2000 Census lies 2,474 feet to the south<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. Moriarty is located in Region #4 (the West Region).

In turn, the US Census Bureau has further divided each Region into Divisions. Moriarty is located in Division #8 (the Mountain Division).

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has created ten Federal Regions. Moriarty is located in Region VI (Region 6).

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has created ten Management Regions. Moriarty is located in Region VI (Region 6).

Referenced GNIS Records ...

GNIS ID #892232   (Name of Record: Moriarty)

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: Torrance

Map Name: Moriarty South

Lat: 34.9900503       Lon: -106.0491893   [Map]

Elev: 1896 ft.

GNIS ID #2411165   (Name of Record: City of Moriarty)

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: Torrance

Map Name: Moriarty North

Lat: 35.0068331       Lon: -106.04842   [Map]

Elev: 1898 ft.

Referenced FIPS Records ...

FIPS Code: 35/50160   (Place Name: Moriarty)

County: Torrance     (FIPS State/County: 35/057)

Class: C1

Identifies an incorporated place (ie- Moriarty) that does not serve as a primary county division - or in other words, it is included in and is part of a primary county division (ie- Torrance County).

GSA Code: 605

MRF Code: 285

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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The official website for State of New Mexico:

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 195 degrees and a distance of 137.5 feet.

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<2>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the 2000 Census location is 191 degrees and a distance of 2,474 feet.

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