List of U.S. states by traditional abbreviation

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U.S. states

This is a list of traditional abbreviations for U.S. states and territories These abbreviations (short names) were used in mailing addresses before the introduction of two-letter U.S. postal abbreviations. The traditional abbreviations are still commonly used in other ways besides mailing addresses. For example, they can be used in writing after a city (like in "Miami, Fla."). In 1987 the Secretary of Commerce switched to the two-letter State Alpha Code for state abbreviations.

States[change | change source]

State Traditional
Alabama Alabama Ala. AL
Alaska Alaska Alaska AK
Arizona Arizona Ariz. AZ
Arkansas Arkansas Ark. AR
California California Calif. CA
 Colorado Colo. CO
 Connecticut Conn. CT
Delaware Delaware Del. DE
Washington, D.C. District of Columbia D.C. DC
Florida Florida Fla. FL
Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia Ga. GA
Hawaii Hawaii Hawaii HI
Idaho Idaho Idaho ID
Illinois Ill. IL
Indiana Ind. IN
Iowa Iowa IA
Kansas Kans. KS
Kentucky Ky. KY
Louisiana La. LA
Maine Maine ME
Maryland Md. MD
Massachusetts Mass. MA
Michigan Mich. MI
Minnesota Minn. MN
Mississippi Miss. MS
Missouri Mo. MO
Montana Mont. MT
Nebraska Nebr. NE
Nevada Nev. NV
New Hampshire N.H. NH
New Jersey N.J. NJ
New Mexico N. Mex. NM
New York N.Y. NY
North Carolina N.C. NC
North Dakota N. Dak. ND
Ohio Ohio OH
Oklahoma Okla. OK
Oregon Ore. OR
Pennsylvania Pa. PA
Rhode Island R.I. RI
South Carolina S.C. SC
South Dakota S. Dak. SD
Tennessee Tenn. TN
Texas Tex. TX
Utah Utah UT
Vermont Vt. VT
Virginia Va. VA
Washington Wash. WA
West Virginia W. Va. WV
Wisconsin Wisconsin Wis. WI
Wyoming Wyoming Wyo. WY

Territories[change | change source]

Territory Traditional
American Samoa A.S.
Guam Guam GU
Northern Mariana Islands M.P.
Panama Canal Zone C.Z.
Puerto Rico P.R. PUR
Virgin Islands V.I.

References[change | change source]

  • The Riverside Publishing Company. (1984). Webster's II New Riverside University Dictionary. ISBN 0-395-33957-X
  • Chicago Manual of Style and AP Style Manual state abbreviations
  • FIPS State Codes of the US and Outlying Areas