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Geographic Names Information System: National Geographic Names Data Base, Populated Places in the United States

Version
v1
Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
Creator
  • United States Department of the Interior. United States Geological Survey
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
1988-06-01
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of the Interior. United States Geological Survey
Language
English
Free Keywords
computer aided mapping; computer programs; geography
Description
  • Abstract

    The Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) was developed by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) to meet major national needs regarding geographic names and their standardization and dissemination. This dataset consists of standard report files written from the National Geographic Names Data Base, one of five data bases maintained in the GNIS. A standard format data file for each of the fifty States, the District of Columbia and the four Insular Territories of the United States is included, as well as a file that provides a Cross-Reference to USGS 7.5 x 7.5 minute quadrangle maps. The records in the data files are organized in an alphabetized listing of all of the names in a particular state or territory. The other variables available in the dataset include: Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) state/county codes, Geographic Coordinates-- latitude and longitude to degrees, minutes, and seconds followed by a single digit alpha directional character, and a GNIS Map Code that can be used with the Cross-Reference file to provide the name of the 7.5 x 7.5 minute quadrangle map that contains that geographic feature.
  • Table of Contents

    Datasets:

    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Alabama, (ALABGAZ)
    • DS2: Alaska, (ALASGAZ)
    • DS3: American Samoa, (ASAMGAZ)
    • DS4: Arizona, (ARIZGAZ)
    • DS5: Arkansas, (ARKAGAZ)
    • DS6: California, (CALIGAZ)
    • DS7: Colorado, (COLOGAZ)
    • DS8: Connecticut, (CONNGAZ)
    • DS9: Delaware, (DELEGAZ)
    • DS10: District of Columbia, (DCOLGAZ)
    • DS11: Florida, (FLORGAZ)
    • DS12: Georgia, (GEORGAZ)
    • DS13: Guam, (GUAMGAZ)
    • DS14: Hawaii, (HAWAGAZ)
    • DS15: Idaho, (IDAHGAZ)
    • DS16: Illinois, (ILLIGAZ)
    • DS17: Indiana, (INDIGAZ)
    • DS18: Iowa, (IOWAGAZ)
    • DS19: Kansas, (KANSGAZ)
    • DS20: Kentucky, (KENTGAZ)
    • DS21: Louisiana, (LOUIGAZ)
    • DS22: Maine, (MAINGAZ)
    • DS23: Maryland, (MARYGAZ)
    • DS24: Massachusetts, (MASSGAZ)
    • DS25: Michigan, (MICHGAZ)
    • DS26: Minnisota, (MINNGAZ)
    • DS27: Mississippi, (MISSGAZ)
    • DS28: Missouri, (MOSSGAZ)
    • DS29: Montana, (MONTGAZ)
    • DS30: Nebraska, (NEBRGAZ)
    • DS31: Nevada, (NEVAGAZ)
    • DS32: New Hampshire, (NHAMGAZ)
    • DS33: New Jersay, (NJERGAZ)
    • DS34: New Mexico, (NMEXGAZ)
    • DS35: New York, (NYORGAZ)
    • DS36: North Carolina, (NCARGAZ)
    • DS37: North Dakota, (NDAKGAZ)
    • DS38: Ohio, (OHIOGAZ)
    • DS39: Oklahoma, (OKLAGAZ)
    • DS40: Oregon, (OREGGAZ)
    • DS41: Pennsylvania, (PENNGAZ)
    • DS42: Puerto Rico, (PRICGAZ)
    • DS43: Rhode Island, (RISLGAZ)
    • DS44: South Carolina, (SCARGAZ)
    • DS45: South Dakota, (SDAKGAZ)
    • DS46: Tennessee, (TENNGAZ)
    • DS47: Texas, (TEXAGAZ)
    • DS48: Utah, (UTAHGAZ)
    • DS49: Vermont, (VERMGAZ)
    • DS50: Virginia, (VIRGGAZ)
    • DS51: Virgin Islands, (VISLGAZ)
    • DS52: Washington, (WASHGAZ)
    • DS53: West Virginia, (WVIRGAZ)
    • DS54: Wisconsin, (WISCGAZ)
    • DS55: Wyoming, (WYOMGAZ)
    • DS56: Quadrangle Map Cross-Reference, (QUADNUM)
Geographic Coverage
  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Guam
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • United States
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virgin Islands of the United States
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming
Collection Mode
  • The records per case vary widely, depending on the number of geographic features in the region represented by a given file. This collection may be used in conjunction with digitized sectional basemaps available in 1:2,000,000-scale. See UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SURVEY DIGITAL CARTOGRAPHIC DATA STANDARDS: DIGITAL LINE GRAPHS FROM 1:2,000,000-SCALE MAPS (ICPSR 8379). There is a second, related data collection available from the ICPSR: GEOGRAPHIC NAMES INFORMATION SYSTEM: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC NAMES DATABASE, MICHIGAN GEOGRAPHIC NAMES (ICPSR 8374).

Note
2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 57 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 57 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads. Funding insitution(s): United States Department of the Interior. United States Geological Survey.
Availability
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This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 8369 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
Publications
  • (author unknown). The National Gazetteer of the United States of America. United States Concise 1990. Washinton, DC: United States Geological Survey. 1990.
  • Payne, Roger L.. United States Geological Survey Digital Cartographic Data Standards: The Geographic Names Information System. Geological Survey Circular.895-F, . 1984.
  • Domaratz, Michael A., Hallam, Cheryl A., Schmidt, Warren E., Calkins, Hugh W.. Digital Line Graphs from 1:2,000,000 Scale Maps: United States Geological Survey Digital Cartographic Data Standards. 895-D, Reston: United States Geological Survey Circular. 1983.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

United States Department of the Interior. United States Geological Survey (1988): Geographic Names Information System: National Geographic Names Data Base, Populated Places in the United States. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08369.v1