US postal abbreviations

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The United States Postal Service uses two-letter abbreviations for each state and territory of the US, as specified below.

Other abbreviations used by the US postal service:

The USPS recommends address be written in block capital letters, probably for better processing by their OCR machinery. They prefer some standard abbreviations for common terms in street addresses.

  • LN = lane
  • ST = street
  • BLVD = boulevard
  • RD = road
  • CIR = circle
  • CT = court
  • STE = suite
  • NO = number
  • N = north
  • W = west
  • S = south
  • E = east
  • CTR = center