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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 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 Delaware Water Gap: 1217397

GNIS ID for Monroe County: 1209184

GNIS ID for Pennsylvania: 1779798

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 Delaware Water Gap:

Place (Community) Code:  18736
State Code:  42 (Pennsylvania)
County Code:  089 (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:  42/18736
State/County Code:  42/089

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 Pennsylvania:    42   1779798
Monroe County:    42/089   1209184
Delaware Water Gap:    42/18736   1217397

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 Delaware Water Gap, it is a point within Delaware Water Gap 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 Delaware Water Gap, the GNIS GPS location is given as:

Lat:   40° 59' 0"   (or 40.98°)

Lon:   -75° 8' 28"   (or -75.14°)   [Map]

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

Lat:   40° 58' 4"   (or 40.97°)

Lon:   -75° 8' 1"   (or -75.13°)   [Map]

The map point defined by the Census Bureau lies 6,030 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:   40° 58' 55"   (or 40.98°)

Lon:   -75° 8' 33"   (or -75.14°)   [Map]

The GPS location given for the 2000 Census lies 5,699 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. Delaware Water Gap is located in Region #1 (the Northeast Region).

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

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has created ten Federal Regions. Delaware Water Gap is located in Region III (Region 3).

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has created ten Management Regions. Delaware Water Gap is located in Region III (Region 3).

Referenced GNIS Records ...

GNIS ID #1198225   (Name of Record: Delaware Water Gap)

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: Stroudsburg

Lat: 40.9792619       Lon: -75.1429563   [Map]

Elev: 155 ft.


GNIS ID #1217397   (Name of Record: Borough of Delaware Water Gap)

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: Stroudsburg

Lat: 40.9834284       Lon: -75.1412897   [Map]

Elev: 122 ft.

Referenced FIPS Records ...

FIPS Code: 42/18736   (Place Name: Delaware Water Gap)

County: Monroe     (FIPS State/County: 42/089)

Class: C5

GSA Code: 1950

MRF Code: 2755

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Pennsylvania

About Monroe County

About Pennsylvania

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Monroe County: www.co.monroe.pa.us/

The official website for State of Pennsylvania: https://www.pa.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 199 degrees and a distance of 6,030 feet.
<2>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the 2000 Census location is 25 degrees and a distance of 5,699 feet.




 

 

 

 

 


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