U.S. postal abbreviations

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Of the 50 states:

  • 16 states are abbreviated by their first two letters.
  • 15 state abbreviations are the first and last letter in a state's name.
  • 10 Two-word states are abbreviated by the first letter of each word.
  • The second letter for the remaining 9 states is usually one not found in other states that share a first letter with that state.

Abbreviation State
AK Alaska
AL Alabama
AR Arkansas
AZ Arizona
CA California
CO Colorado
CT Connecticut
DE Delaware
FL Florida
GA Georgia
HI Hawaii
IA Iowa
ID Idaho
IL Illinois
IN Indiana
KS Kansas
KY Kentucky
LA Louisiana
MA Massachusetts
MD Maryland
ME Maine
MI Michigan
MN Minnesota
MO Missouri
MS Mississippi
MT Montana
NC North Carolina
ND North Dakota
NE Nebraska
NH New Hampshire
NJ New Jersey
NM New Mexico
NV Nevada
NY New York
OH Ohio
OK Oklahoma
OR Oregon
PA Pennsylvania
RI Rhode Island
SC South Carolina
SD South Dakota
TN Tennessee
TX Texas
UT Utah
VA Virginia
VT Vermont
WA Washington
WI Wisconsin
WV West Virginia
WY Wyoming

Other codes

Federal districts

Abbreviation State
DC District of Columbia

Insular areas

Abbreviation State
AS American Samoa
GU Guam
MP Northern Mariana Islands
PR Puerto Rico
VI U.S. Virgin Islands

Freely associated states

Abbreviation State
FM Federated States of Micronesia
MH Marshall Islands
PW Palau

Armed Forces

Abbreviation State
AA Armed Forces Americas (except Canada)
AE Armed Forces Europe (covers all USARAEUR)
AP Armed Forces Pacific
APO Army/Air Force Post Office
FPO Fleet Post Office

Obsolete Codes

Abbreviation State
CZ Canal Zone
TT Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands

See also

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