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Traditional U.S. state abbreviations

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U.S. states

This is a list of traditional abbreviations for U.S. states, which were in wide use prior to the U.S. postal abbreviations. Some writers continue to prefer these abbreviations in contexts other than postal addresses. Some of these abbreviations are considerably more common than others.

State Traditional
abbreviation
Alabama Ala.
Alaska Ak.
Arizona Ariz.
Arkansas Ark.
California Calif. or Ca.
Colorado Colo. or Co.
Connecticut Conn.
Delaware Del.
District of Columbia D.C.
Florida Fla. or Fl.
Georgia Ga.
Hawaii Hi.
Idaho Id. or Ida.
Illinois Ill.
Indiana Ind.
Iowa Ia.
Kansas Kan.
Kentucky Ky. or Kent.
Louisiana La.
Maine Me.
Maryland Md.
Massachusetts Mass.
Michigan Mich.
Minnesota Minn.
Mississippi Miss.
Missouri Mo.
Montana Mont. or Mt.
Nebraska Neb. or Nebr.
Nevada Nev.
New Hampshire N.H.
New Jersey N.J.
New Mexico N.M.
New York N.Y.
North Carolina N.C.
North Dakota N.D.
Ohio O.
Oklahoma Okla. or Ok.
Oregon Ore.
Pennsylvania Penna. or Pa.
Rhode Island R.I.
South Carolina S.C.
South Dakota S.D.
Tennessee Tenn. or Tn.
Texas Tx. or Tex.
Vermont Vt.
Virginia Va.
Washington Wash.
West Virginia W.V.
Wisconsin Wisc. or Wis.
Wyoming Wyo. or Wy.


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