ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Proper U.S. State Abbreviations and Military "State" Abbreviations: How to Abbreviate Your State

Updated on August 5, 2014

Abbreviate U.S. State Names Properly for the Mail

In this guide you will find the U.S. Postal Service's abbreviations for U.S. states. When addressing an envelope you can always use the entire state name, but the Postal Service prefers these official abbreviations.

More questions about addressing an envelope? Follow the link at the bottom of the Hub.

Facts About U.S. Postal Abbreviations

The U.S. Postal Service published the first list of official abbreviations in 1874 and that list remained largely unchanged until 1963. That year, the five-digit zip code was introduced. To make room on envelopes and cards, the Post Service shortened all state abbreviations to two letters. Those abbreviations remain in effect today, with one exception. Nebraska's original abbreviation, NB, was changed to NE in 1969, to avoid confusion with New Brunswick, Canada.

Military "State" Postal Abbreviations

These are the official abbreviations for U.S. Military "States":

Armed Forces Africa: AE

Armed Forces Americas (except Canada): AA

Armed Forces Canada: AE

Armed Forces Europe: AE

Armed Forces Middle East: AE

Armed Forces Pacific: AP

United States State Abbreviations

Below are the official two-letter abbreviations for U.S. states and possessions adopted by the U.S. Postal Service in 1963.

ALABAMA: AL

ALASKA: AK

AMERICAN SAMOA: AS

ARIZONA: AZ

ARKANSAS: AR

CALIFORNIA: CA

COLORADO: CO

CONNECTICUT: CT

DELAWARE: DE

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: DC

FEDERATED STATES OF MICRONESIA: FM

FLORIDA: FL

GEORGIA: GA

GUAM: GU

HAWAII: HI

IDAHO: ID

ILLINOIS: IL

INDIANA: IN

IOWA: IA

KANSAS: KS

KENTUCKY: KY

LOUISIANA: LA

MAINE: ME

MARSHALL ISLANDS: MH

MARYLAND: MD

MASSACHUSETTS: MA

MICHIGAN: MI

MINNESOTA: MN

MISSISSIPPI: MS

MISSOURI: MO

MONTANA: MT

NEBRASKA: NE

NEVADA: NV

NEW HAMPSHIRE: NH

NEW JERSEY: NJ

NEW MEXICO: NM

NEW YORK: NY

NORTH CAROLINA: NC

NORTH DAKOTA: ND

NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS: MP

OHIO: OH

OKLAHOMA: OK

OREGON: OR

PALAU: PW

PENNSYLVANIA: PA

PUERTO RICO: PR

RHODE ISLAND: RI

SOUTH CAROLINA: SC

SOUTH DAKOTA: SD

TENNESSEE: TN

TEXAS: TX

UTAH: UT

VERMONT: VT

VIRGIN ISLANDS: VI

VIRGINIA: VA

WASHINGTON: WA

WEST VIRGINIA: WV

WISCONSIN: WI

WYOMING: WY

How to address a card or envelope

Visit this Hub for more details about addressing envelopes and cards.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      belfast maine 

      9 years ago

      Great Hub you have here :) Please check out my Belfast Maine website would love to network!

    • Annette Rozen profile image

      Ann Martin 

      10 years ago

      where did u come up with the idea to write on this topic? Why military states?

    • yeastcure profile image

      yeastcure 

      10 years ago

      For sure, I always get the M's mixed up lol

    • William F. Torpey profile image

      William F Torpey 

      10 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

      I was very disappointed when the U.S. Postal Service came up with its current abbreviations for the states. I realize it's easier for them, but I always liked the old, standard abbreviations. On top of that I understand that the Postal Service prefers we use no punctuation. Sometimes "progress" is a pain in the neck!

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile image

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Great List. I never remember which short form is which state. You guys in the US just have too many.

      great HUB idea.

      regards Zsuzsy

    • Isabella Snow profile image

      Isabella Snow 

      10 years ago

      My grandparents still use Penna, and I admit I do it too, sometimes! Good hub!

    • Robin profile imageAUTHOR

      Robin Edmondson 

      10 years ago from San Francisco

      Thanks, Guru-C! ;)

    • Guru-C profile image

      Cory Zacharia 

      10 years ago

      Thank you Robin, for this useful guide.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)