Application Name: FIPSit
Description: Lets you look up the FIPS code for a state/county, or reverse lookup if you have the code numbers.
Publisher’s website: Basement Dwelling Geek
Version/date reviewed: v.1.5 / 2-21-11
Phone/OS: Droid X / Android 2.2
US Government FIPS code numbers (Federal Information Processing Standards) have been commonly used to tag geographic data with a unique ID number for a particular state, and also county within that state; US Census data in particular has been using the FIPS code to identify geographic areas, and it’s also known as the “Census Code”. While they’re being deprecated in favor of other code systems, you can still find them used in older GIS datasets. FIPSit offers a handy reference tool for looking up the FIPS code for a state/county, and also a reverse lookup if you have a code number and want the state/county it refers to.
Type in the state name (full, or standard abbreviation), and get the two-digit FIPS code.
Type in at least three letters into the county name box, and you’ll get all matching counties for those three letters; as you type in more letters, non-matching entries drop out.
Type in the state code into the top box, and get a list of all the counties in that state, with their FIPS codes.
Type in the full county code number at top, and get the specific county.
Other issues: Be nice to have older FIPS code lookups for populated places, but those were already being deprecated in favor of the GNIS code system a few years ago.
Final thoughts: It’s a bit specialized, but if you deal with FIPS codes on a regular basis, it’s a convenient and easy-to-use reference tool.