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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 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 Sterling Forest: 966364

GNIS ID for Orange County: 974134

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 Sterling Forest:

Place (Community) Code:  71168
State Code:  36 (New York)
County Code:  071 (Orange 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:  36/71168
State/County Code:  36/071

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
Orange County:    36/071   974134
Sterling Forest:    36/71168   966364

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

Lat:   41° 10' 57"   (or 41.18°)

Lon:   -74° 19' 7"   (or -74.32°)   [Map]

Regional Codes ...

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

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

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

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

Referenced GNIS Records ...

GNIS ID #966364   (Name of Record: Sterling Forest)

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: Orange

Map Name: Greenwood Lake

Lat: 41.1825949       Lon: -74.3187622   [Map]

Elev: 200 ft.

Referenced FIPS Records ...

FIPS Code: 36/71168   (Place Name: Sterling Forest)

County: Orange     (FIPS State/County: 36/071)

Class: U6

Identifies a populated place (ie- Sterling Forest) 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: 5957

MSA Code: 5660

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The official website for Orange County: www.co.orange.ny.us/

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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