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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, 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 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 New Lisbon: 1583812

GNIS ID for Juneau County: 1581088

GNIS ID for Wisconsin: 1779806

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 New Lisbon:

Place (Community) Code:  56900
State Code:  55 (Wisconsin)
County Code:  057 (Juneau 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:  55/56900
State/County Code:  55/057

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 Wisconsin:    55   1779806
Juneau County:    55/057   1581088
New Lisbon:    55/56900   1583812

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

Lat:   43° 52' 42"   (or 43.88°)

Lon:   -90° 9' 53"   (or -90.16°)   [Map]

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

Lat:   43° 52' 31"   (or 43.88°)

Lon:   -90° 9' 44"   (or -90.16°)   [Map]

The map point defined by the Census Bureau lies 1,363 feet to the southeast<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° 52' 37"   (or 43.88°)

Lon:   -90° 9' 57"   (or -90.17°)   [Map]

The GPS location given for the 2000 Census lies 1,123 feet to the northwest<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. New Lisbon is located in Region #2 (the Midwest Region).

In turn, the US Census Bureau has further divided each Region into Divisions. New Lisbon is located in Division #3 (the East North-Central Division).

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has created ten Federal Regions. New Lisbon is located in Region V (Region 5).

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has created ten Management Regions. New Lisbon is located in Region V (Region 5).

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 New Lisbon, it does identify addresses that are in (or near) New Lisbon. 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 New Lisbon: 53950<3>

Referenced GNIS Records ...

GNIS ID #1570225   (Name of Record: New Lisbon)

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: Juneau

Map Name: New Lisbon North

Lat: 43.8791358       Lon: -90.1654067   [Map]

Elev: 273 ft.

GNIS ID #1583812   (Name of Record: City of New Lisbon)

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: Juneau

Map Name: New Lisbon North

Lat: 43.8785802       Lon: -90.1648511   [Map]

Elev: 273 ft.

Referenced FIPS Records ...

FIPS Code: 55/56900   (Place Name: New Lisbon)

County: Juneau     (FIPS State/County: 55/057)

Class: C5

GSA Code: 3380

MRF Code: 1800

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for New Lisbon:

The official website for Juneau County:

The official website for State of Wisconsin:

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 208 degrees and a distance of 1,363 feet.
<2>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the 2000 Census location is 55 degrees and a distance of 1,123 feet.
<3>When looking for a ZIP Code, whether New Lisbon or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).




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