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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 Saint Matthews: 2407272

GNIS ID for Calhoun County: 1247986

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 Saint Matthews:

Place (Community) Code:  62620
State Code:  45 (South Carolina)
County Code:  017 (Calhoun 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:  45/62620
State/County Code:  45/017

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
Calhoun County:    45/017   1247986
Saint Matthews:    45/62620   2407272

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

Lat:   33° 39' 49"   (or 33.66°)

Lon:   -80° 46' 39"   (or -80.78°)   [Map]

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

Lat:   33° 39' 52"   (or 33.66°)

Lon:   -80° 46' 43"   (or -80.78°)   [Map]

The map point defined by the Census Bureau lies 435.8 feet to the northwest<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:   33° 39' 53"   (or 33.66°)

Lon:   -80° 46' 44"   (or -80.78°)   [Map]

The GPS location given for the 2000 Census lies 75.9 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. Saint Matthews is located in Region #3 (the South Region).

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

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

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

ZIP Codes ...

While some people have used a ZIP code to identify a community, the purpose of the ZIP code was to make mail delivery more efficient by grouping addresses together. Although the ZIP Code doesn't specifically identify a town like Saint Matthews, it does identify addresses that are in (or near) Saint Matthews. 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.

The ZIP code for Saint Matthews: 29135<3>

Referenced GNIS Records ...

GNIS ID #1250621   (Name of Record: Saint Matthews)

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: Calhoun

Map Name: Saint Matthews

Lat: 33.664876       Lon: -80.7778681   [Map]

Elev: 84 ft.

GNIS ID #2407272   (Name of Record: Town of Saint Matthews)

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: Calhoun

Map Name: Saint Matthews

Lat: 33.6638556       Lon: -80.777669   [Map]

Elev: 81 ft.

Referenced FIPS Records ...

FIPS Code: 45/62620   (Place Name: St. Matthews)

County: Calhoun     (FIPS State/County: 45/017)

Class: C1

Identifies an incorporated place (ie- Saint Matthews) 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- Calhoun County).

GSA Code: 2240

MRF Code: 1215

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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 49 degrees and a distance of 435.8 feet.
<2>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the 2000 Census location is 63 degrees and a distance of 75.9 feet.
<3>When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Saint Matthews or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).




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