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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 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 Wind Lake: 1576844

GNIS ID for Racine County: 1581111

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 Wind Lake:

Place (Community) Code:  87675
State Code:  55 (Wisconsin)
County Code:  101 (Racine 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:  55/87675
State/County Code:  55/101

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
Racine County:    55/101   1581111
Wind Lake:    55/87675   1576844

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

Lat:   42° 49' 46"   (or 42.83°)

Lon:   -88° 9' 31"   (or -88.16°)   [Map]

Regional Codes ...

For statistical purposes, the US Census Bureau has divided the country into four Regions. Wind Lake is located in Region #2 (the Midwest Region).

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

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

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has created ten Management Regions. Wind Lake 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 community like Wind Lake, it does identify addresses that are in (or near) Wind Lake. 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 Wind Lake: 53185<1>

Referenced GNIS Records ...

GNIS ID #1576844   (Name of Record: Wind Lake)

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: Racine

Map Name: Waterford

Lat: 42.8294603       Lon: -88.1586998   [Map]

Elev: 242 ft.

Referenced FIPS Records ...

FIPS Code: 55/87675   (Place Name: Wind Lake)

County: Racine     (FIPS State/County: 55/101)

Class: U1

GSA Code: 5370

MRF Code: 2828

MSA Code: 6600

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Racine County: www.racineco.com/

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>When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Wind Lake or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Wind Lake.



 
 
 

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