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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 numeric 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 Massies Mill: 1495911

GNIS ID for Nelson County: 1500936

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 Massies Mill:

Place (Community) Code:  50088
State Code:  51 (Virginia)
County Code:  125 (Nelson 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:  51/50088
State/County Code:  51/125

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
Nelson County:    51/125   1500936
Massies Mill:    51/50088   1495911

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

Lat:   37° 46' 37"   (or 37.78°)

Lon:   -79° 0' 4"   (or -79°)  

Regional Codes ...

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

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

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

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

Referenced GNIS Records ...

GNIS ID #1495911   (Name of Record: Massies Mill)

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: Nelson

Map Name: Massies Mill

Lat: 37.7770844       Lon: -79.0011364  

Elev: 214 ft.

Referenced FIPS Records ...

FIPS Code: 51/50088   (Place Name: Massies Mill)

County: Nelson     (FIPS State/County: 51/125)

Class: U6

Identifies a populated place (ie- Massies Mill) that is wholly or substantially located outside the boundaries of any incorporated place or CDP (Census Designated Place) that has an authoritative common name recognized by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

GSA Code: 1554

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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)










 

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