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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 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 number 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 Schell: 1555582

GNIS ID for Mineral County: 1717890

GNIS ID for West Virginia: 1779805

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 Schell:

Place (Community) Code:  72388
State Code:  54 (West Virginia)
County Code:  057 (Mineral 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:  54/72388
State/County Code:  54/057

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 West Virginia:    54   1779805
Mineral County:    54/057   1717890
Schell:    54/72388   1555582

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

Lat:   39° 20' 31"   (or 39.34°)

Lon:   -79° 15' 25"   (or -79.26°)   [Map]

Regional Codes ...

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

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

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

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

Referenced GNIS Records ...

GNIS ID #1555582   (Name of Record: Schell)

Class: locale

County: Mineral

Map Name: Gorman

Lat: 39.3420451       Lon: -79.2569837   [Map]

Elev: 612 ft.

Referenced FIPS Records ...

FIPS Code: 54/72388   (Place Name: Schell)

County: Mineral     (FIPS State/County: 54/057)

Class: U6

Identifies a populated place (ie- Schell) 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).

MSA Code: 1900

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