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Iowa Abbreviation

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What is the Abbreviation for Iowa?
The two digit state code or abbreviation of Iowa (IA) known as the "Hawkeye State". Iowa has 99 counties, and the capital of the State is Des Moines.


The two digit state code or abbreviation of Iowa is determined by taking the 'First and Last Letter' of the State's name.  The two letter, no-period state abbreviation of IA is recommended by the U.S. Postal Service and should always be used where a ZIP code follows. The purpose of introducing the IA Abbreviation for Iowa 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 Iowa


AP State Abbreviation
The AP State Abbreviations, the old State Abbreviations, are still in use. There is no AP State Abbreviation for Iowa, it is written as:


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.

Iowa - (IA)

Map showing location of Iowa in USA

Where is Iowa? (IA)

The State of Iowa is located in the north central United States


Abbreviation of Iowa - 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 Iowa?  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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Iowa Abbreviation (IA)

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