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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 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 Barnhart: 1351533

GNIS ID for Irion County: 1383903

GNIS ID for Texas: 1779801

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 Barnhart:

Place (Community) Code:  05672
State Code:  48 (Texas)
County Code:  235 (Irion 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:  48/05672
State/County Code:  48/235

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 Texas:    48   1779801
Irion County:    48/235   1383903
Barnhart:    48/05672   1351533

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

Lat:   31° 7' 40"   (or 31.13°)

Lon:   -101° 10' 14"   (or -101.17°)  

Regional Codes ...

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

In turn, the US Census Bureau has further divided each Region into Divisions. Barnhart is located in Division #7 (the West South-Central Division).

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has created ten Federal Regions. Barnhart is located in Region VI (Region 6).

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has created ten Management Regions. Barnhart is located in Region VI (Region 6).

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 community like Barnhart, it does identify addresses that are in (or near) Barnhart. 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 Barnhart: 76930<1>

Referenced GNIS Records ...

GNIS ID #1351533   (Name of Record: Barnhart)

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: Irion

Map Name: Barnhart

Lat: 31.1279389       Lon: -101.170668  

Elev: 780 ft.

Referenced FIPS Records ...

FIPS Code: 48/05672   (Place Name: Barnhart)

County: Irion     (FIPS State/County: 48/235)

Class: U6

Identifies a populated place (ie- Barnhart) 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).

GSA Code: 435

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The official website for State of Texas: https://texas.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)

Footnotes ...

<1>When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Barnhart or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).









 

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