List of State Abbreviations for all states in the U.S.

List of State Abbreviations for all states in the U.S.

What are State Abbreviations?

State abbreviations are two letter symbols used to represent each state. The state abbreviations are used primarily for mailing addresses and are often referred to as postal abbreviations or postal codes. The United States Post Office introduced the codes when they introduced ZIP codes to make room for the zip codes to be included in the address when written on envelopes.

When used in a mailing address, the two letter abbreviation is written in capital letters, uses no punctuation, and does not include spaces between the letters.

In general writing, the full name of the state is preferred. AP recommends that you spell out the entire state name when the name is used in running text, but use the two letter code when paired with a city name (e.g. Chicago, IL). Following is a list of the abbreviations:

Abbreviation and the Corresponding State Name

AL – Alabama
AK – Alaska
AS – Amercian Samoa
AZ – ARIZONA
AR – ARKANSAS
CA- CALIFORNIA
CO- COLORADO
CT – CONNECTICUT
DE – DELAWARE
DC- DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
FM – FEDERATED STATES OF MICRONESIA
FL – FLORIDA
GA – GEORGIA
GU – GUAM
HI – HAWAII
ID – IDAHO
IL – ILLINOIS
IN – INDIANA
IA – IOWA
KS – KANSAS
KY- KENTUCKY
LA- LOUISIANA
ME – MAINE
MD – MARYLAND
MA – MASSACHUSETTS
MI – MICHIGAN
MN – MINNESOTA
MS – MISSISSIPPI
MO – MISSOURI
MT – MONTANA
NE – NEBRASKA
NV – NEVADA
NH – NEW HAMPSHIRE
NJ – NEW JERSEY
NM – NEW MEXICO
NY – NEW YORK
NC – NORTH CAROLINA
ND – NORTH DAKOTA
MP – NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS
OH – OHIO
OK – OKLAHOMA
OR – OREGON
PW – PALAU
PA – PENNSYLVANIA
PR – PUERTO RICO
RI – RHODE ISLAND
SC – SOUTH CAROLINA
SD – SOUTH DAKOTA
TN – TENNESSEE
TX – TEXAS
UT – UTAH
VT – VERMONT
VI – VIRGIN ISLANDS
VA – VIRGINIA
WA – WASHINGTON
WV – WEST VIRGINIA
WI – WISCONSIN
WY – Wyoming

Common Military Abbreviations

Armed Forces in Africa AE
Armed Forces the Americas AA (except Canada)
Armed Forces in Canada AE
Armed Forces in Europe AE
Armed Forces in Middle East AE
Armed Forces in Pacific AP

For the most up-to-date list of official te abbreviations, visit the United States Post Office official list of state abbreviations.

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