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White Mesa, Utah
(San Juan County)

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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, 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 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 White Mesa: 1852450

GNIS ID for San Juan County: 1448032

GNIS ID for Utah: 1455989

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 White Mesa:

Place (Community) Code:  84095
State Code:  49 (Utah)
County Code:  037 (San Juan 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:  49/84095
State/County Code:  49/037

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
San Juan County:    49/037   1448032
White Mesa:    49/84095   1852450

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

Lat:   37° 27' 57"   (or 37.47°)

Lon:   -109° 28' 3"   (or -109.47°)   [Map]

Regional Codes ...

For statistical purposes, the US Census Bureau has divided the country into four Regions. White Mesa is located in Region #4 (the West Region).

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

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

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

Referenced GNIS Records ...

GNIS ID #1852450   (Name of Record: White Mesa)

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: San Juan

Map Name: Big Bench

Lat: 37.4658339       Lon: -109.4676202   [Map]

Elev: 1617 ft.

Referenced FIPS Records ...

FIPS Code: 49/84095   (Place Name: White Mesa)

County: San Juan     (FIPS State/County: 49/037)

Class: U8

Identifies a populated place (in this case, White Mesa) located wholly or substantially outside the boundaries of an incorporated place or CDP (Census Designated Place) but whose name has not been verified as authoritative by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

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The official website for State of Utah: www.utah.gov/


The official website of the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN)

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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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