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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 code 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 Cold Spring Beach: 1218080

GNIS ID for Washington County: 1219782

GNIS ID for Rhode Island: 1219835

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 Cold Spring Beach:

Place (Community) Code:  16840
State Code:  44 (Rhode Island)
County Code:  009 (Washington 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:  44/16840
State/County Code:  44/009

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 Rhode Island:    44   1219835
Washington County:    44/009   1219782
Cold Spring Beach:    44/16840   1218080

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 Cold Spring Beach, it is a point within Cold Spring Beach 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 Cold Spring Beach, the GNIS GPS location is given as:

Lat:   41° 34' 0"   (or 41.57°)

Lon:   -71° 26' 36"   (or -71.44°)   [Map]

Regional Codes ...

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

In turn, the US Census Bureau has further divided each Region into Divisions. Cold Spring Beach is located in Division #1 (the New England Division).

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has created ten Federal Regions. Cold Spring Beach is located in Region I (Region 1).

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has created ten Management Regions. Cold Spring Beach is located in Region I (Region 1).

Referenced GNIS Records ...

GNIS ID #1218080   (Name of Record: Cold Spring Beach)

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: Washington

Map Name: Wickford

Lat: 41.5667681       Lon: -71.4433903   [Map]

Elev: 1 ft.

Referenced FIPS Records ...

FIPS Code: 44/16840   (Place Name: Cold Spring Beach)

County: Washington     (FIPS State/County: 44/009)

Class: U6

Identifies a populated place (ie- Cold Spring Beach) 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).

Part-of-Code: 51400

MSA Code: 6480

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The official website for State of Rhode Island: https://www.ri.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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