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What is the Abbreviation for California?
The two digit state code or abbreviation of California map (CA) known as the "Golden State". California has 58 counties, and the capital of the State is Sacramento.


The two digit state code or abbreviation of California is determined by taking the 'First Two Letters' of the State's name.  The two letter, no-period state abbreviation of CA is recommended by the U.S. Postal Service and should always be used where a ZIP code follows. The purpose of introducing the CA Abbreviation for California was to make room for ZIP codes in the mailing addresses. There was no attempt to standardize the format of the abbreviations which is why they are usually memorized.

Map of California


AP State Abbreviation
The AP State Abbreviations, the old State Abbreviations, are still in use. The AP State Abbreviation for California is:


The Associated Press (AP) style of abbreviation, the old style, is still used by journalists and business people. As some two digit state codes are determined from the first and last letter of the old abbreviation they are important to those learning about the abbreviations of the US States.

California - (CA) - Calif.

Map showing location of California in USA

Where is California? (CA)

The State of California is located in the western United States on the Pacific Ocean


Abbreviation of California - Two Digit State Code Rules
There is no standard format to the State Abbreviations. It's therefore not surprising that you needed to know "What is the Abbreviation for California?  The rules to determine the state acronym, or abbreviation is 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'.

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California Abbreviation (CA)

Initials & Acronym - CA
Initials determined by the 'First Two Letters'
Facts about AP style
California - (CA) - Calif.
What state is CA? Abbr. of states
Interesting facts about the two digit code
Old states initials, letters and acronym
Two letter abbreviation of California (CA)

Abbreviation (CA)

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