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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 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 Long Island City: 955863

GNIS ID for Queens County: 974139

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 Long Island City:

Place (Community) Code:  43390
State Code:  36 (New York)
County Code:  081 (Queens 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:  36/43390
State/County Code:  36/081

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
Queens County:    36/081   974139
Long Island City:    36/43390   955863

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

Lat:   40° 44' 41"   (or 40.74°)

Lon:   -73° 56' 55"   (or -73.95°)   [Map]

Regional Codes ...

For statistical purposes, the US Census Bureau has divided the country into four Regions. Long Island City is located in Region #1 (the Northeast Region).

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

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

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has created ten Management Regions. Long Island City is located in Region II (Region 2).

Referenced GNIS Records ...

GNIS ID #955863   (Name of Record: Long Island 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: Queens

Map Name: Brooklyn

Lat: 40.7448241       Lon: -73.9487491   [Map]

Elev: 4 ft.

Referenced FIPS Records ...

FIPS Code: 36/43390   (Place Name: Long Island City)

County: Queens     (FIPS State/County: 36/081)

Class: U4

Identifies a populated place (ie- Long Island City) which is wholly or substantially located within the boundaries of an incorporated place with a different name. The Part of Code identifies the incorporated place.

Part-of-Code: 51000

MSA Code: 5600

Mentions & References for Long Island City

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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)





 

 

 


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