The Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) is the Federal standard for geographic nomenclature in support of the U.S. Board on Geographic Names. The Communities layer (COMMUNITY) in the GNIS Web Map Service contains all features in the database with Feature Class of Populated Place. See http://geonames.usgs.gov/domestic/feature_class.htm for feature class values and definitions. The COMMUNITY250 layer contains large populated places designated by the Geographic Names Office as ones that should be labeled on maps or displays with a scale of 1:250,000. See http://geonames.usgs.gov for additional information.
[Keywords: society Populated Place GNIS ]