RoadsideThoughts
A Gazetteer for the United States and Canada
Home >> State of Tennessee >> Hamilton County >> Saint Elmo >> MiscellaneousIndex...










Learn About
The Commemorative
Quarter for
Tennessee


The Commemorative Quarter for Tennessee







Miscellaneous Information


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 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 Saint Elmo: 1300431

GNIS ID for Hamilton County: 1639749

GNIS ID for Tennessee: 1325873

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 Elmo:

Place (Community) Code:  66100
State Code:  47 (Tennessee)
County Code:  065 (Hamilton 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:  47/66100
State/County Code:  47/065

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 Tennessee:    47   1325873
Hamilton County:    47/065   1639749
Saint Elmo:    47/66100   1300431

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

Lat:   34° 59' 48"   (or 35°)

Lon:   -85° 19' 47"   (or -85.33°)  

Regional Codes ...

For statistical purposes, the US Census Bureau has divided the country into four Regions. Saint Elmo is located in Region #3 (the South Region).

In turn, the US Census Bureau has further divided each Region into Divisions. Saint Elmo is located in Division #6 (the East South-Central Division).

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

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

Referenced GNIS Records ...

GNIS ID #1300431   (Name of Record: Saint Elmo)

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: Hamilton

Map Name: Fort Oglethorpe

Lat: 34.9967421       Lon: -85.3299577  

Elev: 221 ft.

Referenced FIPS Records ...

FIPS Code: 47/66100   (Place Name: St. Elmo)

County: Hamilton     (FIPS State/County: 47/065)

Class: U4

Identifies a populated place (ie- Saint Elmo) which is wholly or substantially located within the boundaries of an incorporated place with a different name. The Part of Code identifies the incorporated place.

Part-of-Code: 14000

MSA Code: 1560

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

The official website for Hamilton County: www.hamiltontn.gov/

The official website for State of Tennessee: https://www.tn.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)










 

Copyright 2024
All Rights Reserved

Thank you for visiting our website.

In closing, please keep in mind that we can not guarantee the accuracy or timeliness of the information on this website, so use with care. We encourage you to double-check the information that is critical to you.

If you've found an error or have additional information that you would like to share, please don't hesitate to write: Click here to contact us.

This page was last modified/updated: 21 Jul 2024