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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 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 Hopewell: 1214898

GNIS ID for Bedford County: 1209171

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 Hopewell:

Place (Community) Code:  35648
State Code:  42 (Pennsylvania)
County Code:  009 (Bedford 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:  42/35648
State/County Code:  42/009

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
Bedford County:    42/009   1209171
Hopewell:    42/35648   1214898

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

Lat:   40° 3' 42"   (or 40.06°)

Lon:   -78° 14' 15"   (or -78.24°)  

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

Lat:   40° 8' 2"   (or 40.13°)

Lon:   -78° 15' 58"   (or -78.27°)  

The map point defined by the Census Bureau lies 5 miles to the north<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° 8' 2"   (or 40.13°)

Lon:   -78° 15' 59"   (or -78.27°)  

The GPS location given for the 2000 Census lies 92.2 feet to the west<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. Hopewell is located in Region #1 (the Northeast Region).

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

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

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

Referenced GNIS Records ...

GNIS ID #1177390   (Name of Record: Hopewell)

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: Bedford

Map Name: Hopewell

Lat: 40.1356363       Lon: -78.2677903  

Elev: 273 ft.


GNIS ID #1214898   (Name of Record: Borough of Hopewell)

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: Bedford

Map Name: Wells Tannery

Lat: 40.0617492       Lon: -78.2375117  

Elev: 431 ft.

Referenced FIPS Records ...

FIPS Code: 42/35648   (Place Name: Hopewell)

County: Bedford     (FIPS State/County: 42/009)

Class: C5

GSA Code: 3731

MRF Code: 5168

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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 16 degrees and a distance of 5 miles.
<2>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the 2000 Census location is 111 degrees and a distance of 92.2 feet.









 

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