FIPSit The Easy FIPS Tool
FIPSit is my first Android Programming/Publishing Experiment. It acutally serves a useful purpose! I use it myself once or twice every couple of weeks. I'm amazed that people have found it, downloaded and actually keep it in their phones.
It is essentially a database of five digit FIPS codes and the State and County that they represent. There is also a GUI that intuitvely allows finding the FIPS code from County or State Name, or finding the State and/or County from a 2, 3, or 5 digit FIPS code.
At some point in time the FIPS 6-4 standard was replaced by INCITS 31:200x standard. Everybody still thinks of them as FIPS codes. Please see http://www.census.gov/geo/www/ansi/ansi.html
|The screen as the app opens. Note the 4 different sections. One each for entering FIPS Codes, State Name or Abbreviation, County Name and another for the answer.|
|As the second character is entered an attempt is made to lookup the 2-digit (State) FIPS code. If found all counties in the state are listed. The list may be dragged up to see the lower entries.|
|At the third character an attempt is made to look up all counties that share that 3 digit code. Here we see all states with a county "033". Again, the list may be dragged up to see the lower entries.|
|At the fifth character an attempt is made to look up the specific state and county that the 5 digit code represents.|
|The State Abbreviation can be entered to get the State FIPS code.|
|Or the State Name to get the State FIPS code.|
|As characters are entered in the County field a search is made for possible matches.|
|As more characters are entered the list of possible matches shrinks.|
|Until a single entity is presented.|
|Or, if the County name is not unique, a list of those that might be matches.|
Anticipated future enhancements include:
Reducing the footprint by downloading the database rather than including it in the installer.
Adding provisions to plot the results on a Google Map.
Show the users location, and surrounding Counties, on a Google Map.
Maybe a "Pro" version that can append FIPS codes to a CSV table. (useful in the GIS world)