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Lowry, South Dakota

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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 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 numeric 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 Lowry: 1267465

GNIS ID for Walworth County: 1266973

GNIS ID for South Dakota: 1785534

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 Lowry:

Place (Community) Code:  39260
State Code:  46 (South Dakota)
County Code:  129 (Walworth 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:  46/39260
State/County Code:  46/129

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 Dakota:    46   1785534
Walworth County:    46/129   1266973
Lowry:    46/39260   1267465

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

Lat:   45° 18' 55"   (or 45.32°)

Lon:   -99° 58' 56"   (or -99.98°)   [Map]

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

Lat:   45° 18' 56"   (or 45.32°)

Lon:   -99° 58' 52"   (or -99.98°)   [Map]

The map point defined by the Census Bureau lies 304.9 feet to the east<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:   45° 18' 58"   (or 45.32°)

Lon:   -99° 59' 1"   (or -99.98°)   [Map]

The GPS location given for the 2000 Census lies 724 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. Lowry is located in Region #2 (the Midwest Region).

In turn, the US Census Bureau has further divided each Region into Divisions. Lowry is located in Division #4 (the West North-Central Division).

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has created ten Federal Regions. Lowry is located in Region VIII (Region 8).

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has created ten Management Regions. Lowry is located in Region VIII (Region 8).

Referenced GNIS Records ...

GNIS ID #1256263   (Name of Record: Lowry)

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: Walworth

Map Name: Lowry

Lat: 45.3160993       Lon: -99.9826202   [Map]

Elev: 568 ft.

GNIS ID #1267465   (Name of Record: Town of Lowry)

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: Walworth

Map Name: Lowry

Lat: 45.3155438       Lon: -99.9823424   [Map]

Elev: 569 ft.

Referenced FIPS Records ...

FIPS Code: 46/39260   (Place Name: Lowry)

County: Walworth     (FIPS State/County: 46/129)

Class: C5

GSA Code: 1690

MRF Code: 850

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of South Dakota:

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 272 degrees and a distance of 304.9 feet.
<2>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the 2000 Census location is 67 degrees and a distance of 724 feet.






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