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North Carolina Abbreviation

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What is the Abbreviation for North Carolina?
The two digit state code or abbreviation of North Carolina State (NC) known as the "Tar Heel State". North Carolina has 100 counties, and the capital of the State is Raleigh.


The two digit state code or abbreviation of North Carolina is determined by taking the 'Initial Letter of 2 words' of the State's name.  The two letter, no-period state abbreviation of NC is recommended by the U.S. Postal Service and should always be used where a ZIP code follows. The purpose of introducing the NC Abbreviation for North Carolina was to make room for ZIP codes in the mailing addresses. There was no attempt to standardize the format.

Map of North Carolina


AP State Abbreviation
The AP State Abbreviations, the old State Abbreviations, are still in use. The AP State Abbreviation for North Carolina 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.

North Carolina - (NC) - N.C.

Map showing location of North Carolina in USA

Where is North Carolina? (NC)

The State of North Carolina is located the South east United States bordering on the Atlantic Ocean.


Abbreviation of North Carolina - 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 North Carolina?  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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North Carolina Abbreviation (NC)

Initials & Acronym - NC
Initials determined by the 'Initial Letter of 2 words'
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North Carolina - (NC) - N.C.
What state is NC? Abbr. of states
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Two letter abbreviation of North Carolina (NC)

Abbreviation (NC)

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