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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 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 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 East Rochester: 2391654

GNIS ID for Monroe County: 974126

GNIS ID for New York: 1779796

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 East Rochester:

Place (Community) Code:  22865
State Code:  36 (New York)
County Code:  055 (Monroe 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:  36/22865
State/County Code:  36/055

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 York:    36   1779796
Monroe County:    36/055   974126
East Rochester:    36/22865   2391654

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

Lat:   43° 6' 43"   (or 43.11°)

Lon:   -77° 29' 12"   (or -77.49°)  

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

Lat:   43° 6' 43"   (or 43.11°)

Lon:   -77° 29' 13"   (or -77.49°)  

The map point defined by the Census Bureau lies 116.4 feet to the west<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:   43° 6' 44"   (or 43.11°)

Lon:   -77° 29' 13"   (or -77.49°)  

The GPS location given for the 2000 Census lies 87.6 feet to the northeast<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. East Rochester is located in Region #1 (the Northeast Region).

In turn, the US Census Bureau has further divided each Region into Divisions. East Rochester is located in Division #2 (the Middle Atlantic Division).

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has created ten Federal Regions. East Rochester is located in Region II (Region 2).

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has created ten Management Regions. East Rochester is located in Region II (Region 2).

Referenced GNIS Records ...

GNIS ID #949232   (Name of Record: East Rochester)

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: Monroe

Map Name: Fairport

Lat: 43.1086741       Lon: -77.4874959  

Elev: 128 ft.


GNIS ID #2391654   (Name of Record: Village of East Rochester)

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: Monroe

Map Name: Fairport

Lat: 43.1121953       Lon: -77.486739  

Elev: 126 ft.

Referenced FIPS Records ...

FIPS Code: 36/22865   (Place Name: East Rochester)

County: Monroe     (FIPS State/County: 36/055)

Class: C1

Identifies an incorporated place (ie- East Rochester) 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- Monroe County).

GSA Code: 1730

MRF Code: 1035

MSA Code: 6840

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

The official website for Monroe County: www.monroecounty.gov/

The official website for State of New York: https://www.ny.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 87 degrees and a distance of 116.4 feet.
<2>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the 2000 Census location is 327 degrees and a distance of 87.6 feet.









 

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