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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 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 Poulsbo: 2411479

GNIS ID for Kitsap County: 1529223

GNIS ID for Washington: 1779804

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 Poulsbo:

Place (Community) Code:  55995
State Code:  53 (Washington)
County Code:  035 (Kitsap 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:  53/55995
State/County Code:  53/035

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 Washington:    53   1779804
Kitsap County:    53/035   1529223
Poulsbo:    53/55995   2411479

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

Lat:   47° 44' 30"   (or 47.74°)

Lon:   -122° 38' 28"   (or -122.64°)   [Map]

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

Lat:   47° 44' 27"   (or 47.74°)

Lon:   -122° 38' 31"   (or -122.64°)   [Map]

The map point defined by the Census Bureau lies 369.3 feet 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:   47° 44' 20"   (or 47.74°)

Lon:   -122° 38' 21"   (or -122.64°)   [Map]

The GPS location given for the 2000 Census lies 1,000 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. Poulsbo is located in Region #4 (the West Region).

In turn, the US Census Bureau has further divided each Region into Divisions. Poulsbo is located in Division #9 (the Pacific Division).

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has created ten Federal Regions. Poulsbo is located in Region X (Region 10).

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has created ten Management Regions. Poulsbo is located in Region X (Region 10).

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 Poulsbo, it does identify addresses that are in (or near) Poulsbo. 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 Poulsbo: 98370<3>

Referenced GNIS Records ...

GNIS ID #1507605   (Name of Record: Poulsbo)

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: Kitsap

Map Name: Poulsbo

Lat: 47.735928       Lon: -122.6465372   [Map]

Elev: 10 ft.

GNIS ID #2411479   (Name of Record: City of Poulsbo)

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: Kitsap

Map Name: Poulsbo

Lat: 47.74194       Lon: -122.64135   [Map]

Elev: 39 ft.

Referenced FIPS Records ...

FIPS Code: 53/55995   (Place Name: Poulsbo)

County: Kitsap     (FIPS State/County: 53/035)

Class: C1

Identifies an incorporated place (ie- Poulsbo) 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- Kitsap County).

GSA Code: 1730

MRF Code: 1010

MSA Code: 1150

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Poulsbo:

The official website for Kitsap County:

The official website for State of Washington:

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 147 degrees and a distance of 369.3 feet.
<2>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the 2000 Census location is 224 degrees and a distance of 1,000 feet.
<3>When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Poulsbo or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).




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