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Geographic Names Information System: National Geographic Names Data Base, Populated Places in the United States (ICPSR 8369)

Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of the Interior. United States Geological Survey

Summary:

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.

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Dataset(s)

DS0:  Study-Level Files
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DS1:  Alabama, (ALABGAZ) - Download All Files (3.231 MB)
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DS2:  Alaska, (ALASGAZ) - Download All Files (2.824 MB)
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DS3:  American Samoa, (ASAMGAZ) - Download All Files (2.665 MB)
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DS4:  Arizona, (ARIZGAZ) - Download All Files (3.007 MB)
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DS5:  Arkansas, (ARKAGAZ) - Download All Files (3.093 MB)
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DS6:  California, (CALIGAZ) - Download All Files (3.837 MB)
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DS7:  Colorado, (COLOGAZ) - Download All Files (3.143 MB)
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DS8:  Connecticut, (CONNGAZ) - Download All Files (2.786 MB)
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DS9:  Delaware, (DELEGAZ) - Download All Files (2.712 MB)
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DS10:  District of Columbia, (DCOLGAZ) - Download All Files (2.66 MB)
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DS11:  Florida, (FLORGAZ) - Download All Files (3.067 MB)
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DS12:  Georgia, (GEORGAZ) - Download All Files (3.127 MB)
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DS13:  Guam, (GUAMGAZ) - Download All Files (2.665 MB)
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DS14:  Hawaii, (HAWAGAZ) - Download All Files (2.737 MB)
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DS15:  Idaho, (IDAHGAZ) - Download All Files (2.961 MB)
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DS16:  Illinois, (ILLIGAZ) - Download All Files (3.146 MB)
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DS17:  Indiana, (INDIGAZ) - Download All Files (3.084 MB)
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DS18:  Iowa, (IOWAGAZ) - Download All Files (2.909 MB)
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DS19:  Kansas, (KANSGAZ) - Download All Files (2.881 MB)
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DS20:  Kentucky, (KENTGAZ) - Download All Files (3.277 MB)
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DS21:  Louisiana, (LOUIGAZ) - Download All Files (3.006 MB)
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DS22:  Maine, (MAINGAZ) - Download All Files (2.976 MB)
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DS23:  Maryland, (MARYGAZ) - Download All Files (3.06 MB)
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DS24:  Massachusetts, (MASSGAZ) - Download All Files (2.838 MB)
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DS25:  Michigan, (MICHGAZ) - Download All Files (3.107 MB)
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DS26:  Minnisota, (MINNGAZ) - Download All Files (2.995 MB)
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DS27:  Mississippi, (MISSGAZ) - Download All Files (2.981 MB)
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DS28:  Missouri, (MOSSGAZ) - Download All Files (3.153 MB)
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DS29:  Montana, (MONTGAZ) - Download All Files (3.075 MB)
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DS30:  Nebraska, (NEBRGAZ) - Download All Files (2.889 MB)
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DS31:  Nevada, (NEVAGAZ) - Download All Files (2.844 MB)
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DS32:  New Hampshire, (NHAMGAZ) - Download All Files (2.792 MB)
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DS33:  New Jersay, (NJERGAZ) - Download All Files (3.024 MB)
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DS34:  New Mexico, (NMEXGAZ) - Download All Files (3.371 MB)
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DS35:  New York, (NYORGAZ) - Download All Files (3.613 MB)
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DS36:  North Carolina, (NCARGAZ) - Download All Files (3.252 MB)
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DS37:  North Dakota, (NDAKGAZ) - Download All Files (2.776 MB)
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DS38:  Ohio, (OHIOGAZ) - Download All Files (3.271 MB)
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DS39:  Oklahoma, (OKLAGAZ) - Download All Files (2.911 MB)
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DS40:  Oregon, (OREGGAZ) - Download All Files (3.134 MB)
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DS41:  Pennsylvania, (PENNGAZ) - Download All Files (3.881 MB)
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DS42:  Puerto Rico, (PRICGAZ) - Download All Files (2.808 MB)
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DS43:  Rhode Island, (RISLGAZ) - Download All Files (2.694 MB)
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DS44:  South Carolina, (SCARGAZ) - Download All Files (2.958 MB)
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DS45:  South Dakota, (SDAKGAZ) - Download All Files (2.816 MB)
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DS46:  Tennessee, (TENNGAZ) - Download All Files (3.333 MB)
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DS47:  Texas, (TEXAGAZ) - Download All Files (4.303 MB)
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DS48:  Utah, (UTAHGAZ) - Download All Files (2.854 MB)
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DS49:  Vermont, (VERMGAZ) - Download All Files (2.773 MB)
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DS50:  Virginia, (VIRGGAZ) - Download All Files (3.506 MB)
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DS51:  Virgin Islands, (VISLGAZ) - Download All Files (2.683 MB)
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DS52:  Washington, (WASHGAZ) - Download All Files (3.098 MB)
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DS53:  West Virginia, (WVIRGAZ) - Download All Files (3.128 MB)
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DS54:  Wisconsin, (WISCGAZ) - Download All Files (2.997 MB)
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DS55:  Wyoming, (WYOMGAZ) - Download All Files (3.042 MB)
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DS56:  Quadrangle Map Cross-Reference, (QUADNUM) - Download All Files (2.724 MB)
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Study Description

Citation

United States Department of the Interior. United States Geological Survey. Geographic Names Information System: National Geographic Names Data Base, Populated Places in the United States. ICPSR08369-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1988. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08369.v1

Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08369.v1

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Funding

This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of the Interior. United States Geological Survey

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   computer aided mapping, computer programs, geography

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

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

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).

Methodology

Data Source:

Records or entries for most named geographic features on all United States Geological Survey 7.5-minute topographic map series, with the exception of road and highway names.

Version(s)

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Version History:

  • 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.

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