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Arcadia Lakes, South Carolina

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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 Arcadia Lakes: 2405161

GNIS ID for Richland County: 1249299

GNIS ID for South Carolina: 1779799

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 Arcadia Lakes:

Place (Community) Code:  02125
State Code:  45 (South Carolina)
County Code:  079 (Richland 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:  45/02125
State/County Code:  45/079

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 South Carolina:    45   1779799
Richland County:    45/079   1249299
Arcadia Lakes:    45/02125   2405161

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

Lat:   34° 3' 13"   (or 34.05°)

Lon:   -80° 57' 41"   (or -80.96°)   [Map]

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

Lat:   34° 3' 5"   (or 34.05°)

Lon:   -80° 57' 47"   (or -80.96°)   [Map]

The map point defined by the Census Bureau lies 866 feet to the southwest<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:   34° 3' 0"   (or 34.05°)

Lon:   -80° 57' 50"   (or -80.96°)   [Map]

The GPS location given for the 2000 Census lies 591 feet to the southwest<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. Arcadia Lakes is located in Region #3 (the South Region).

In turn, the US Census Bureau has further divided each Region into Divisions. Arcadia Lakes is located in Division #5 (the South Atlantic Division).

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has created ten Federal Regions. Arcadia Lakes is located in Region IV (Region 4).

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has created ten Management Regions. Arcadia Lakes is located in Region IV (Region 4).

Referenced GNIS Records ...

GNIS ID #1231010   (Name of Record: Arcadia Lakes)

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: Richland

Map Name: Fort Jackson North

Lat: 34.0537651       Lon: -80.9612008   [Map]

Elev: 69 ft.

GNIS ID #2405161   (Name of Record: Town of Arcadia Lakes)

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: Richland

Map Name: Fort Jackson North

Lat: 34.0536394       Lon: -80.961603   [Map]

Elev: 69 ft.

Referenced FIPS Records ...

FIPS Code: 45/02125   (Place Name: Arcadia Lakes)

County: Richland     (FIPS State/County: 45/079)

Class: C1

Identifies an incorporated place (ie- Arcadia Lakes) that does not serve as a primary county division - or in other words, it is included in and is part of a primary county division (ie- Richland County).

GSA Code: 65

MRF Code: 56

MSA Code: 1760

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for South Carolina

About Richland County

About South Carolina

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Richland County:

The official website for State of South Carolina:

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 148 degrees and a distance of 866 feet.
<2>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the 2000 Census location is 149 degrees and a distance of 591 feet.




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