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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 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 South Houston: 2411936

GNIS ID for Harris County: 1383886

GNIS ID for Texas: 1779801

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 South Houston:

Place (Community) Code:  69020
State Code:  48 (Texas)
County Code:  201 (Harris 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:  48/69020
State/County Code:  48/201

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
Harris County:    48/201   1383886
South Houston:    48/69020   2411936

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

Lat:   29° 39' 40"   (or 29.66°)

Lon:   -95° 13' 42"   (or -95.23°)   [Map]

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

Lat:   29° 39' 39"   (or 29.66°)

Lon:   -95° 13' 42"   (or -95.23°)   [Map]

The map point defined by the Census Bureau lies 56.2 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:   29° 39' 39"   (or 29.66°)

Lon:   -95° 13' 47"   (or -95.23°)   [Map]

The GPS location given for the 2000 Census lies 452.1 feet to the west<2> of the point given by the 2010 Census.

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Regional Codes ...

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

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

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

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has created ten Management Regions. South Houston 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 city like South Houston, it does identify addresses that are in (or near) South Houston. 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 South Houston: 77587<3>

Referenced GNIS Records ...

GNIS ID #1347476   (Name of Record: South Houston)

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: Harris

Map Name: Pasadena

Lat: 29.663008       Lon: -95.2354902   [Map]

Elev: 9 ft.


GNIS ID #2411936   (Name of Record: City of South Houston)

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: Harris

Map Name: Pasadena

Lat: 29.6611255       Lon: -95.228494   [Map]

Elev: 9 ft.

Referenced FIPS Records ...

FIPS Code: 48/69020   (Place Name: South Houston (RR name Dumont))

County: Harris     (FIPS State/County: 48/201)

Class: C1

Identifies an incorporated place (ie- South Houston) 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- Harris County).

GSA Code: 6490

MRF Code: 4000

MSA Code: 3360

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Harris County: www.co.harris.tx.us/

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 228 degrees and a distance of 56.2 feet.

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<2>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the 2000 Census location is 92 degrees and a distance of 452.1 feet.

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<3>When looking for a ZIP Code, whether South Houston or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

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