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The location of Sophia

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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 identification 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 Sophia: 2391419

GNIS ID for Raleigh County: 1550047

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 Sophia:

Place (Community) Code:  75172
State Code:  54 (West Virginia)
County Code:  081 (Raleigh 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:  54/75172
State/County Code:  54/081

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
Raleigh County:    54/081   1550047
Sophia:    54/75172   2391419

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

Lat:   37° 42' 21"   (or 37.71°)

Lon:   -81° 15' 12"   (or -81.25°)   [Map]

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

Lat:   37° 42' 26"   (or 37.71°)

Lon:   -81° 15' 12"   (or -81.25°)   [Map]

The map point defined by the Census Bureau lies 445.5 feet to the north<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:   37° 42' 51"   (or 37.71°)

Lon:   -81° 15' 2"   (or -81.25°)   [Map]

The GPS location given for the 2000 Census lies 2,649 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. Sophia is located in Region #3 (the South Region).

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

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

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

Referenced GNIS Records ...

GNIS ID #1555660   (Name of Record: Sophia)

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: Raleigh

Map Name: Lester

Lat: 37.7076145       Lon: -81.250657   [Map]

Elev: 707 ft.


GNIS ID #2391419   (Name of Record: Town of Sophia)

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: Raleigh

Map Name: Lester

Lat: 37.7060886       Lon: -81.253594   [Map]

Elev: 730 ft.

Referenced FIPS Records ...

FIPS Code: 54/75172   (Place Name: Sophia)

County: Raleigh     (FIPS State/County: 54/081)

Class: C1

Identifies an incorporated place (ie- Sophia) that does not serve as a primary county division - or in other words, it is included in and is part of a primary county division (ie- Raleigh County).

GSA Code: 2470

MRF Code: 1475

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The official website for State of West Virginia: www.wv.gov/


The official website of the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN)

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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 359 degrees and a distance of 445.5 feet.

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<2>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the 2000 Census location is 341 degrees and a distance of 2,649 feet.

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