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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 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 Thompsons Store: 1304088

GNIS ID for Clay County: 1648573

GNIS ID for Tennessee: 1325873

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 Thompsons Store:

Place (Community) Code:  73920
State Code:  47 (Tennessee)
County Code:  027 (Clay 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:  47/73920
State/County Code:  47/027

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
Clay County:    47/027   1648573
Thompsons Store:    47/73920   1304088

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

Lat:   36° 36' 24"   (or 36.61°)

Lon:   -85° 25' 21"   (or -85.42°)  

Regional Codes ...

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

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

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

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

Referenced GNIS Records ...

GNIS ID #1304088   (Name of Record: Thompsons Store)

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: Clay

Map Name: Dale Hollow Dam

Lat: 36.6067285       Lon: -85.4227436  

Elev: 315 ft.

Referenced FIPS Records ...

FIPS Code: 47/73920   (Place Name: Thompsons Store)

County: Clay     (FIPS State/County: 47/027)

Class: U6

Identifies a populated place (ie- Thompsons Store) that is wholly or substantially located outside the boundaries of any incorporated place or CDP (Census Designated Place) that has an authoritative common name recognized by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

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The official website for Clay County: www.dalehollowlake.org/

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)










 

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