Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Federal Place Name Codes

First there were FIPS codes. Then they became INCITS codes, but they are still FIPS codes. Frankly, I don't know what to call them, so I will continue to refer to them as FIPS codes until too many people correct me. INCITS sounds a little dirty if you pronounce it out in certain ways.

For a little history, read this. For some federal (possibly international) standard codes on places in the us such as counties, cities, metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs), and voting districts, as well as to find links to stuff like standardized spellings for all kinds of geographic entities, just go here.

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