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West Virginia Abbreviation

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What is the Abbreviation for West Virginia?
The two digit state code or abbreviation of West Virginia (WV) known as the "Mountain State". West Virginia has 55 counties, and the capital of the State is Charleston.


The two digit state code or abbreviation of West Virginia is determined by taking the 'Initial Letter of 2 words' of the State's name.  The two letter, no-period state abbreviation of WV is recommended by the U.S. Postal Service and should always be used where a ZIP code follows. The purpose of introducing the WV Abbreviation for West Virginia 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 West Virginia


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

West Virginia - (WV) - W.Va.

Map showing location of West Virginia in USA

Where is West Virginia? (WV)

The State of West Virginia is located in the Appalachian and South eastern regions of the United States.


Abbreviation of West Virginia - 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 West Virginia?  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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West Virginia Abbreviation (WV)

Initials & Acronym - WV
Initials determined by the 'Initial Letter of 2 words'
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West Virginia - (WV) - W.Va.
What state is WV? Abbr. of states
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Old states initials, letters and acronym
Two letter abbreviation of West Virginia (WV)

Abbreviation (WV)

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