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Willard, Utah
(Box Elder 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, establish 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 numeric identifier 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 Willard: 2412265

GNIS ID for Box Elder County: 1455966

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 Willard:

Place (Community) Code:  84710
State Code:  49 (Utah)
County Code:  003 (Box Elder 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:  49/84710
State/County Code:  49/003

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
Box Elder County:    49/003   1455966
Willard:    49/84710   2412265

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

Lat:   41° 24' 50"   (or 41.41°)

Lon:   -112° 2' 40"   (or -112.04°)   [Map]

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

Lat:   41° 24' 56"   (or 41.42°)

Lon:   -112° 2' 46"   (or -112.05°)   [Map]

The map point defined by the Census Bureau lies 745 feet to the northwest<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° 24' 43"   (or 41.41°)

Lon:   -112° 2' 23"   (or -112.04°)   [Map]

The GPS location given for the 2000 Census lies 2,219 feet to the southeast<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. Willard is located in Region #4 (the West Region).

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

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

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

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 Willard, it does identify addresses that are in (or near) Willard. 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 Willard: 84340<3>

Referenced GNIS Records ...

GNIS ID #1447372   (Name of Record: Willard)

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: Box Elder

Map Name: Willard

Lat: 41.4091053       Lon: -112.0360557   [Map]

Elev: 1326 ft.

GNIS ID #2412265   (Name of Record: City of Willard)

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: Box Elder

Map Name: Willard

Lat: 41.4139718       Lon: -112.04469   [Map]

Elev: 1308 ft.

Referenced FIPS Records ...

FIPS Code: 49/84710   (Place Name: Willard)

County: Box Elder     (FIPS State/County: 49/003)

Class: C1

Identifies an incorporated place (ie- Willard) 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- Box Elder County).

GSA Code: 2120

MRF Code: 1085

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Box Elder County:

The official website for State of Utah:

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 37 degrees and a distance of 745 feet.

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<2>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the 2000 Census location is 234 degrees and a distance of 2,219 feet.

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

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