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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 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 West Bend: 1584399

GNIS ID for Washington County: 1581125

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 West Bend:

Place (Community) Code:  85350
State Code:  55 (Wisconsin)
County Code:  131 (Washington 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:  55/85350
State/County Code:  55/131

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
Washington County:    55/131   1581125
West Bend:    55/85350   1584399

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

Lat:   43° 25' 22"   (or 43.42°)

Lon:   -88° 11' 3"   (or -88.18°)   [Map]

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

Lat:   43° 25' 7"   (or 43.42°)

Lon:   -88° 10' 54"   (or -88.18°)   [Map]

The map point defined by the Census Bureau lies 1,597 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° 25' 17"   (or 43.42°)

Lon:   -88° 10' 58"   (or -88.18°)   [Map]

The GPS location given for the 2000 Census lies 1,009 feet to the north<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. West Bend is located in Region #2 (the Midwest Region).

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

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

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

Referenced GNIS Records ...

GNIS ID #1576453   (Name of Record: West Bend)

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: Washington

Map Name: West Bend

Lat: 43.4252776       Lon: -88.1834277   [Map]

Elev: 273 ft.


GNIS ID #1584399   (Name of Record: City of West Bend)

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: Washington

Map Name: West Bend

Lat: 43.4227777       Lon: -88.1842611   [Map]

Elev: 284 ft.

Referenced FIPS Records ...

FIPS Code: 55/85350   (Place Name: West Bend)

County: Washington     (FIPS State/County: 55/131)

Class: C5

GSA Code: 5170

MRF Code: 2730

MSA Code: 5080

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Washington County: www.co.washington.wi.us/

The official website for State of Wisconsin: www.wisconsin.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 205 degrees and a distance of 1,597 feet.

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<2>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the 2000 Census location is 18 degrees and a distance of 1,009 feet.

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