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The location of Town of Benson









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 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 Benson: 1462040

GNIS ID for Rutland County: 1461767

GNIS ID for Vermont: 1779802

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 Benson:

Place (Community) Code:  05200
State Code:  50 (Vermont)
County Code:  021 (Rutland 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:  50/05200
State/County Code:  50/021

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 Vermont:    50   1779802
Rutland County:    50/021   1461767
Benson:    50/05200   1462040

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

Lat:   43° 45' 30"   (or 43.76°)

Lon:   -73° 15' 28"   (or -73.26°)   [Map]

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

Lat:   43° 42' 37"   (or 43.71°)

Lon:   -73° 18' 9"   (or -73.3°)   [Map]

The map point defined by the Census Bureau lies 3 miles to the southwest<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:   43° 42' 49"   (or 43.71°)

Lon:   -73° 17' 40"   (or -73.29°)   [Map]

The GPS location given for the 2000 Census lies 2,441 feet to the northeast<2> of the point given by the 2010 Census.

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Regional Codes ...

For statistical purposes, the US Census Bureau has divided the country into four Regions. Benson is located in Region #1 (the Northeast Region).

In turn, the US Census Bureau has further divided each Region into Divisions. Benson is located in Division #1 (the New England Division).

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has created ten Federal Regions. Benson is located in Region I (Region 1).

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has created ten Management Regions. Benson is located in Region I (Region 1).

Referenced GNIS Records ...

GNIS ID #1462040   (Name of Record: Town of Benson)

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: Rutland

Map Name: Orwell

Lat: 43.7583958       Lon: -73.2578917   [Map]

Elev: 146 ft.

Referenced FIPS Records ...

FIPS Code: 50/05200   (Place Name: Benson (Town of))

County: Rutland     (FIPS State/County: 50/021)

Class: T1

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Vermont

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Benson: www.bensonvt.com/

The official website for State of Vermont: https://www.vermont.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 146 degrees and a distance of 3 miles.

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<2>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the 2000 Census location is 300 degrees and a distance of 2,441 feet.

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