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What is the Abbreviation for Pennsylvania?
The two digit state code or abbreviation of Pennsylvania (PA) known as the "Keystone State". Pennsylvania has 66 counties, and the capital of the State is Harrisburg.


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

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

Pennsylvania - (PA) - Pa.

Map showing location of Pennsylvania in USA

Where is Pennsylvania? (PA)

The State of Pennsylvania is located the North eastern US.


Abbreviation of Pennsylvania - 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 Pennsylvania?  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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Pennsylvania Abbreviation (PA)

Initials & Acronym - PA
Initials determined by the 'First and Last Letter'
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What state is PA? Abbr. of states
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Two letter abbreviation of Pennsylvania (PA)

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