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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 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 Wellsville: 2412211

GNIS ID for Cache County: 1448017

GNIS ID for Utah: 1455989

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 Wellsville:

Place (Community) Code:  82620
State Code:  49 (Utah)
County Code:  005 (Cache 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:  49/82620
State/County Code:  49/005

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 Utah:    49   1455989
Cache County:    49/005   1448017
Wellsville:    49/82620   2412211

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

Lat:   41° 37' 30"   (or 41.63°)

Lon:   -111° 56' 24"   (or -111.94°)   [Map]

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

Lat:   41° 37' 31"   (or 41.63°)

Lon:   -111° 56' 20"   (or -111.94°)   [Map]

The map point defined by the Census Bureau lies 311.4 feet to the east<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:   41° 38' 7"   (or 41.64°)

Lon:   -111° 55' 58"   (or -111.93°)   [Map]

The GPS location given for the 2000 Census lies 4,078 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. Wellsville is located in Region #4 (the West Region).

In turn, the US Census Bureau has further divided each Region into Divisions. Wellsville is located in Division #8 (the Mountain Division).

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has created ten Federal Regions. Wellsville is located in Region VIII (Region 8).

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has created ten Management Regions. Wellsville is located in Region VIII (Region 8).

Referenced GNIS Records ...

GNIS ID #1447103   (Name of Record: Wellsville)

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: Cache

Map Name: Wellsville

Lat: 41.6385432       Lon: -111.9338342   [Map]

Elev: 1386 ft.


GNIS ID #2412211   (Name of Record: City of Wellsville)

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: Cache

Map Name: Wellsville

Lat: 41.6251142       Lon: -111.94007   [Map]

Elev: 1389 ft.

Referenced FIPS Records ...

FIPS Code: 49/82620   (Place Name: Wellsville)

County: Cache     (FIPS State/County: 49/005)

Class: C1

Identifies an incorporated place (ie- Wellsville) 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- Cache County).

GSA Code: 2080

MRF Code: 1060

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Utah: www.utah.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 281 degrees and a distance of 311.4 feet.

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<2>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the 2000 Census location is 336 degrees and a distance of 4,078 feet.

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