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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 identification number 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 Glens Falls: 979004

GNIS ID for Warren County: 974154

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 Glens Falls:

Place (Community) Code:  29333
State Code:  36 (New York)
County Code:  113 (Warren 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:  36/29333
State/County Code:  36/113

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
Warren County:    36/113   974154
Glens Falls:    36/29333   979004

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

Lat:   43° 18' 40"   (or 43.31°)

Lon:   -73° 38' 42"   (or -73.65°)   [Map]

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

Lat:   43° 18' 40"   (or 43.31°)

Lon:   -73° 38' 43"   (or -73.65°)   [Map]

The map point defined by the Census Bureau lies 45.61 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° 18' 43"   (or 43.31°)

Lon:   -73° 38' 53"   (or -73.65°)   [Map]

The GPS location given for the 2000 Census lies 858 feet to the northwest<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. Glens Falls is located in Region #1 (the Northeast Region).

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

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

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

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 city like Glens Falls, it does identify addresses that are in (or near) Glens Falls. 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 Glens Falls: 12801<3>

Referenced GNIS Records ...

GNIS ID #951223   (Name of Record: Glens Falls)

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: Warren

Map Name: Glens Falls

Lat: 43.3095164       Lon: -73.6440058   [Map]

Elev: 105 ft.

GNIS ID #979004   (Name of Record: City of Glens Falls)

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: Warren

Map Name: Glens Falls

Lat: 43.3111831       Lon: -73.645117   [Map]

Elev: 104 ft.

Referenced FIPS Records ...

FIPS Code: 36/29333   (Place Name: Glens Falls)

County: Warren     (FIPS State/County: 36/113)

Class: C5

GSA Code: 2300

MRF Code: 1370

MSA Code: 2975

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Glens Falls:

The official website for Warren County:

The official website for State of New York:

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 100 degrees and a distance of 45.61 feet.
<2>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the 2000 Census location is 66 degrees and a distance of 858 feet.
<3>When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Glens Falls or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).




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