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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 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 Denver City: 2412419

GNIS ID for Gaines County: 1383868

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 Denver City:

Place (Community) Code:  19984
State Code:  48 (Texas)
County Code:  165 (Gaines 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:  48/19984
State/County Code:  48/165

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
Gaines County:    48/165   1383868
Denver City:    48/19984   2412419

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

Lat:   32° 58' 4"   (or 32.97°)

Lon:   -102° 49' 54"   (or -102.83°)  

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

Lat:   32° 58' 4"   (or 32.97°)

Lon:   -102° 49' 54"   (or -102.83°)  

The map point defined by the Census Bureau lies 0.48 feet to the southeast<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:   32° 58' 6"   (or 32.97°)

Lon:   -102° 49' 52"   (or -102.83°)  

The GPS location given for the 2000 Census lies 281.7 feet to the northeast<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. Denver City is located in Region #3 (the South Region).

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

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

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has created ten Management Regions. Denver City 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 town like Denver City, it does identify addresses that are in (or near) Denver City. 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 Denver City: 79323<3>

Referenced GNIS Records ...

GNIS ID #1334272   (Name of Record: Denver City)

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: Yoakum

Map Name: Denver City

Lat: 32.9645475       Lon: -102.8290963  

Elev: 1089 ft.


GNIS ID #2412419   (Name of Record: Town of Denver City)

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: Yoakum

Map Name: Denver City

Lat: 32.9680429       Lon: -102.83188  

Elev: 1091 ft.

Referenced FIPS Records ...

FIPS Code: 48/19984   (Place Name: Denver City)

County: Gaines     (FIPS State/County: 48/165      Count/Seq: 02/01)

Class: C1

Identifies an incorporated place (ie- Denver City) 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- Gaines County).

GSA Code: 1850

MRF Code: 1145

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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>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS-supplied location is 219 degrees and a distance of 0.48 feet.
<2>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the 2000 Census location is 314 degrees and a distance of 281.7 feet.
<3>When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Denver City or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).









 

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