A Gazetteer for the United States and Canada
Charleston, South Carolina
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 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 identification 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 Charleston: 2404030
GNIS ID for Charleston County: 1252740
GNIS ID for South Carolina: 1779799
FIPS Codes ...
In a past effort, various federal agencies worked together to create 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 Charleston:
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:
As already mentioned, the FIPS codes are to be replaced by the GNIS codes. The following reflect those changes:
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 Charleston, it is a point within Charleston 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 Charleston, the GNIS GPS location is given as:
Lat: 32° 48' 52" (or 32.81°)
Lon: -79° 57' 30" (or -79.96°) [Map]
Determined by its statistical needs, the Census Bureau has defined a sampling area for Charleston - 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 Charleston, the Census 2010 GPS location is given as:
Lat: 32° 49' 4" (or 32.82°)
Lon: -79° 57' 32" (or -79.96°) [Map]
The map point defined by the Census Bureau lies 1,236 feet 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: 32° 47' 21" (or 32.79°)
Lon: -79° 59' 10" (or -79.99°) [Map]
The GPS location given for the 2000 Census lies 2 miles 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. Charleston is located in Region #3 (the South Region).
In turn, the US Census Bureau has further divided each Region into Divisions. Charleston is located in Division #5 (the South Atlantic Division).
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has created ten Federal Regions. Charleston is located in Region IV (Region 4).
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has created ten Management Regions. Charleston is located in Region IV (Region 4).
ZIP Codes ...
While some people have used ZIP codes to identify a community, the ZIP codes were actually created to make mail delivery more efficient by grouping addresses together. Although a ZIP Code doesn't specifically identify a city like Charleston, they do identify addresses that are in (or near) the city. It's important to remember that the boundaries of a ZIP Code are defined by the needs of the USPS and can be changed, re-assigned or overlapped with other ZIP Codes.
Our list of ZIP codes for Charleston :
29401, 29402, 29403, 29404, 29405, 29406, 29409, 29410, 29412, 29413, 29414, 29415, 29416, 29417, 29418, 29419, 29422, 29423, 29424 & 29425.<3>
Referenced GNIS Records ...
GNIS ID #1221516 (Name of Record: Charleston)
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.
Map Name: Charleston
Lat: 32.7765656 Lon: -79.9309216 [Map]
Elev: 6 ft.
GNIS ID #2404030 (Name of Record: City of Charleston)
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.
Map Name: Charleston
Lat: 32.8145591 Lon: -79.958394 [Map]
Elev: 2 ft.
Referenced FIPS Records ...
FIPS Code: 45/13330 (Place Name: Charleston)
County: Berkeley (FIPS State/County: 45/015 Count/Seq: 02/01)
Identifies an incorporated place (ie- Charleston) 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- Charleston County).
GSA Code: 410
MRF Code: 245
MSA Code: 1440
Other Roadside Stops ...
Off-the-Road Links ...
The official website for Charleston: www.charleston-sc.gov/
The official website for Charleston County: www.charlestoncounty.org/
The official website for State of South Carolina: https://sc.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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This page was last modified: 18 Apr 2022