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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, 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 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 Glen Allen: 1494958

GNIS ID for Henrico County: 1480133

GNIS ID for Virginia: 1779803

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 Glen Allen:

Place (Community) Code:  31200
State Code:  51 (Virginia)
County Code:  087 (Henrico 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:  51/31200
State/County Code:  51/087

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 Virginia:    51   1779803
Henrico County:    51/087   1480133
Glen Allen:    51/31200   1494958

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

Lat:   37° 39' 57"   (or 37.67°)

Lon:   -77° 30' 22"   (or -77.51°)   [Map]

Regional Codes ...

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

In turn, the US Census Bureau has further divided each Region into Divisions. Glen Allen is located in Division #5 (the South Atlantic Division).

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has created ten Federal Regions. Glen Allen is located in Region III (Region 3).

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has created ten Management Regions. Glen Allen is located in Region III (Region 3).

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 community like Glen Allen, it does identify addresses that are in (or near) Glen Allen. 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 Glen Allen: 23060<1>

Referenced GNIS Records ...

GNIS ID #1494958   (Name of Record: Glen Allen)

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: Henrico

Map Name: Glen Allen

Lat: 37.665978       Lon: -77.5063739   [Map]

Elev: 61 ft.

Referenced FIPS Records ...

FIPS Code: 51/31200   (Place Name: Glen Allen)

County: Henrico     (FIPS State/County: 51/087)

Class: U1

GSA Code: 1086

MRF Code: 538

MSA Code: 6760

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Virginia

About Henrico County

About Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Henrico County: www.co.henrico.va.us/

The official website for State of Virginia: https://www.virginia.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>When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Glen Allen or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).




 

 

 


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