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The location of Canaan Heights

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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 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 Canaan Heights: 1550625

GNIS ID for Tucker County: 1689423

GNIS ID for West Virginia: 1779805

FIPS Codes ...

In a past effort, various federal agencies worked together to create 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 Canaan Heights:

Place (Community) Code:  12724
State Code:  54 (West Virginia)
County Code:  093 (Tucker 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:  54/12724
State/County Code:  54/093

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 West Virginia:    54   1779805
Tucker County:    54/093   1689423
Canaan Heights:    54/12724   1550625

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

Lat:   39° 5' 53"   (or 39.1°)

Lon:   -79° 25' 50"   (or -79.43°)   [Map]

Regional Codes ...

For statistical purposes, the US Census Bureau has divided the country into four Regions. Canaan Heights is located in Region #3 (the South Region).

In turn, the US Census Bureau has further divided each Region into Divisions. Canaan Heights is located in Division #5 (the South Atlantic Division).

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has created ten Federal Regions. Canaan Heights is located in Region III (Region 3).

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has created ten Management Regions. Canaan Heights is located in Region III (Region 3).

Referenced GNIS Records ...

GNIS ID #1550625   (Name of Record: Canaan Heights)

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: Tucker

Map Name: Blackwater Falls

Lat: 39.0981639       Lon: -79.4306053   [Map]

Elev: 1129 ft.

Referenced FIPS Records ...

FIPS Code: 54/12724   (Place Name: Canaan Heights)

County: Tucker     (FIPS State/County: 54/093)

Class: U6

Identifies a populated place (ie- Canaan Heights) that is wholly or substantially located outside the boundaries of any incorporated place or CDP (Census Designated Place) that has an authoritative common name recognized by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

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The official website of the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)