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Abbreviation Alabama
Abbreviation Alaska

Abbreviation Arizona

Abbreviation Arkansas
Abbreviation California
Abbreviation Colorado
Abbr. Connecticut
Abbreviation Delaware
Abbreviation Florida
Abbreviation Georgia
Abbreviation Hawaii
Abbreviation Idaho
Abbreviation Illinois

Abbreviation Indiana

Abbreviation Iowa
Abbreviation Kansas
Abbreviation Kentucky
Abbreviation Louisiana
Abbreviation Maine
Abbreviation Maryland

Abbr. Massachusetts

Abbreviation Michigan

Abbreviation Minnesota

Abbr. Mississippi

Abbreviation Missouri

Abbreviation Montana

Abbreviation Nebraska

Abbreviation Nevada

Abbr. New Hampshire

Abbr. New Jersey

Abbr. New Mexico

Abbreviation New York

Abbr. North Carolina

Abbr. North Dakota

Abbreviation Ohio

Abbreviation Oklahoma

Abbreviation Oregon

Abbr. Pennsylvania

Abbr. Rhode Island

Abbr. South Carolina

Abbr. South Dakota

Abbreviation Tennessee

Abbreviation Texas

Abbreviation Utah

Abbreviation Vermont

Abbreviation Virginia

Abbr. Washington

Abbr. West Virginia

Abbreviation Wisconsin

Abbreviation Wyoming

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50 State Abbreviations
The content of this section of the website provides all 50 State Abbreviations also referred to as two digit state codes or acronyms. This page provides a list of the 50 State Abbreviations with a State Abbreviations Map. The proper and complete list of State Abbreviations in alphabetical order

50 State Abbreviations
The two digit state codes originated with the switch to ZIP codes by the Post Office in October 1963. The move to the general use of State abbreviations was extremely popular with Americans especially when addressing envelopes to Mississippi!

 

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State Abbreviations Map
Click the above link for a large State Abbreviations map, an ideal picture for a fast reference guide or for kids homework and school projects.

Purpose of the State Abbreviations
The Purpose of the State Abbreviations was introduced to make room for ZIP codes in the address. There was no attempt to standardize the format for determining the state abbreviations.

How State Abbreviations are Determined / Configured
The configuration of some of the 50 State Abbreviations are confusing as the initials or acronyms chosen for the abbreviations are not to a standard format. It's easy to confuse the state abbreviation or postal code 'AL' for Alaska when in fact it's the abbreviation for Alabama! The simple rule of taking the first two letters of the state therefore wouldn't always work.

How State Abbreviations are Determined

The first rule is that no two states can have the same abbreviations.

The second, easy to remember rule to the two digit codes, is that if there are two words in the state's name just take the first letter of each (SD, WV, NY etc.).

Other configurations of state abbreviations use the first two letters of the state name (FL, CA etc.)

If this isn't possible, the first and last letter of the state name is taken for the abbreviations (CT, IA etc.)

Things get even more confusing as some state abbreviations such as Nevada (that's abbreviated as NV) is determined from the first and last letter of the old abbreviation (which is why we have included the old AP abbreviations in our alphabetical list.)

Missouri (MO) is a confusing historical anomaly. The confusion arose due to both Mississippi and Missouri  beginning with 'Miss' and ending with the letter 'I'. The abbreviation for Missouri ended up as 'MO' as the letter 'O' is the most distinct letter in the name

How State Abbreviations are Determined - List of State Abbreviations
This page provides a complete list of State Abbreviations in alphabetical order. Our article List of State Abbreviations provides details of which states are determined by the 'First Two Letters', the 'First and Last Letter', the 'Initial Letter of 2 words' and those determined by the 'First and Last Letter of the Old Abbreviation'.

State Abbreviations - Play the State Abbreviations Game!
As there isn't a standard format to the 50 State Abbreviations we are left with memorizing them! We have therefore developed a State Abbreviations Game to play. It's a totally free, multiple choice online quiz game with no downloads required. So have some fun when you're learning!

AP State Abbreviations - Old State Abbreviations
The two letter, no-period state abbreviations recommended by the U.S. Postal Service should always be used where a ZIP code follows. However some people prefer to use the older style of the AP State Abbreviations or old state abbreviations. Professional journalists and communicators in business commonly write in Associated Press (AP) style of abbreviations. And as some two digit state codes are determined from the first and last letter of the old abbreviations we have included them in the proper and complete list of State Abbreviations in alphabetical order.

State Abbreviations Changes - Nebraska
There has only been one change of state abbreviations since 1963. Originally the abbreviation for Nebraska was 'NB'  this was changed  to 'NE' by the Post Office in November 1969 to avoid confusion with the 'NB' two digit code used for New Brunswick in Canada.

Individual State Abbreviations
There are additional facts and information about each of the 50 states of America to accompany the list of State Abbreviations - just click one of the links on your left or a picture of one of the State Maps below.

State Abbreviations in Alphabetical Order
The following list provides the State Abbreviations in alphabetical order.

50 State Abbreviations in Alphabetical Order
Two digit state codes and AP style

  Names of States State Abbreviations Abbreviations
& AP Style
How Abbreviations are Determined  
  Alabama Ala. AL First Two Letters  
  Alaska Alsk. AK First and last letter of the old abbreviation  
  Arizona Ariz. AZ First and last letter of the old abbreviation  
  Arkansas Ark. AR First Two Letters  
  California Calif. CA First Two Letters  
  Colorado Colo. CO First Two Letters  
  Connecticut Conn. CT First and Last Letter  
  Delaware Del. DE First Two Letters  
  Florida Fla. FL First Two Letters  
  Georgia Ga. GA First and Last Letter  
  Hawaii Hawaii, HI First and Last Letter  
  Idaho Ida. ID First Two Letters  
  Illinois Ill. IL First Two Letters  
  Indiana Ind. IN First Two Letters  
  Iowa Iowa IA First and Last Letter  
  Kansas Kans. KS First and last letter of the old abbreviation  
  Kentucky Ky. KY First and Last Letter  
  Louisiana La. LA First and Last Letter  
  Names of States State Abbreviations Abbreviation How Abbreviations are Determined  

50 State Abbreviations in Alphabetical Order
Two digit state codes and AP style

 
 
50 State Abbreviations
The following list provides the State Abbreviations in alphabetical order.
 
50 State Abbreviations in Alphabetical Order
Two digit state codes and AP style
  Names of States State Maps Abbreviation How Abbreviations are Determined  
  Maine Me. ME First and Last Letter  
  Maryland Md. MD First and Last Letter  
  Massachusetts Mass. MA First Two Letters  
  Michigan Mich. MI First Two Letters  
  Minnesota Minn. MN First and last letter of the old abbreviation  
  Mississippi Miss. MS First and last letter of the old abbreviation  
  Missouri Mo. MO Historical Anomaly!  
  Montana Mont. MT First and last letter of the old abbreviation  
  Nebraska Nebr. NE First Two Letters  
  Nevada Nev. NV First and last letter of the old abbreviation  
  New Hampshire N.H. NH Initial Letter of 2 words  
  New Jersey N.J. NJ Initial Letter of 2 words  
  New Mexico N.M. NM Initial Letter of 2 words  
  State of New York N.Y. NY Initial Letter of 2 words  
  North Carolina N.C. NC Initial Letter of 2 words  
  North Dakota N.D. ND Initial Letter of 2 words  
  Ohio Ohio OH First Two Letters  
  Oklahoma Okla. OK First Two Letters  
  Oregon Ore. OR First Two Letters  
  Pennsylvania Pa. PA First and Last Letter  
  Rhode Island R.I. RI Initial Letter of 2 words  
  South Carolina S.C. SC Initial Letter of 2 words  
  South Dakota S.D. SD Initial Letter of 2 words  
  Tennessee Tenn. TN First and last letter of the old abbreviation  
  Texas Tex. TX First and last letter of the old abbreviation  
  State of Utah Utah UT First Two Letters  
  Vermont Vt. VT First and Last Letter  
  Virginia Va. VA First and Last Letter  
  Washington Wash. WA First Two Letters  
  West Virginia W.Va. WV Initial Letter of 2 words  
  Wisconsin Wis. WI First Two Letters  
  Wyoming Wyo. WY First Two Letters  
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50 States Abbreviations in Alphabetical Order
Two digit state codes and AP style

   

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