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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 numeric identifier 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 Torrey: 979555

GNIS ID for Yates County: 974159

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 Torrey:

Place (Community) Code:  75055
State Code:  36 (New York)
County Code:  123 (Yates 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:  36/75055
State/County Code:  36/123

As already mentioned, the FIPS codes are to be replaced by the GNIS codes. The following reflect those changes:

 FIPS Code
translates to    
State of New York:    36   1779796
Yates County:    36/123   974159
Torrey:    36/75055   979555

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

Lat:   42° 40' 37"   (or 42.68°)

Lon:   -76° 57' 14"   (or -76.95°)   [Map]

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

Lat:   42° 40' 11"   (or 42.67°)

Lon:   -76° 57' 16"   (or -76.95°)   [Map]

The map point defined by the Census Bureau lies 2,605 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:   42° 40' 43"   (or 42.68°)

Lon:   -76° 57' 31"   (or -76.96°)   [Map]

The GPS location given for the 2000 Census lies 3,420 feet to the north<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. Torrey is located in Region #1 (the Northeast Region).

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

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

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

Referenced GNIS Records ...

GNIS ID #979555   (Name of Record: Town of Torrey)

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: Yates

Map Name: Dresden

Lat: 42.6770142       Lon: -76.95413   [Map]

Elev: 158 ft.

Referenced FIPS Records ...

FIPS Code: 36/75055   (Place Name: Torrey (Town of))

County: Yates     (FIPS State/County: 36/123)

Class: T1

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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 177 degrees and a distance of 2,605 feet.
<2>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the 2000 Census location is 18 degrees and a distance of 3,420 feet.




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