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State Abbreviations


USA State Abbreviations and State Capitals

The United States is comprised of fifty states and a national capital district, as well as a number of territories and possessions around the world.  Because their names are commonly used and some of them are fairly long, they are often abbreviated in written documents and on mailing addresses.

state abbreviations features a table of U.S. States, Districts, Territories, and Possessions, along with their standard and postal service abbreviations and their state capitals.  Each State name contains a link to its official state government website.  Each row of the State table also includes access to a state map.  Each District, Territory, or Possession name contains a link to its official government or tourism website.  To find state locations, view the state abbreviations map, which shows the lower 48 states plus Alaska and Hawaii, as well as their two-letter postal abbreviations.  Click on the illustration at right for a simplified view of the 50 states and their postal abbreviations.

US State Abbreviations - State Capitals - State Links

US States, Capitals, and Government Links
Capital City
Alabama Ala.ALMontgomery
Alaska AlaskaAKJuneau
Arizona Ariz.AZPhoenix
Arkansas Ark.ARLittle Rock
California Calif.CASacramento
Colorado Colo.CODenver
Connecticut Conn.CTHartford
Delaware Del.DEDover
Florida Fla.FLTallahassee
Georgia Ga.GAAtlanta
Hawaii HawaiiHIHonolulu
Idaho IdahoIDBoise
Illinois Ill.ILSpringfield
Indiana Ind.INIndianapolis
Iowa IowaIADes Moines
Kansas Kans.KSTopeka
Kentucky Ky.KYFrankfort
Louisiana La.LABaton Rouge
Maine MaineMEAugusta
Maryland Md.MDAnnapolis
Massachusetts Mass.MABoston
Michigan Mich.MILansing
Minnesota Minn.MNSt. Paul
Mississippi Miss.MSJackson
Missouri Mo.MOJefferson City
Montana Mont.MTHelena
Nebraska Nebr.NELincoln
Nevada Nev.NVCarson City
New Hampshire N.H.NHConcord
New Jersey N.J.NJTrenton
New Mexico N.M.NMSanta Fe
New York N.Y.NYAlbany
North Carolina N.C.NCRaleigh
North Dakota N.D.NDBismarck
Ohio OhioOHColumbus
Oklahoma Okla.OKOklahoma City
Oregon Ore.ORSalem
Pennsylvania Pa.PAHarrisburg
Rhode Island R.I.RIProvidence
South Carolina S.C.SCColumbia
South Dakota S.D.SDPierre
Tennessee Tenn.TNNashville
Texas Tex.TXAustin
Utah UtahUTSalt Lake City
Vermont Vt.VTMontpelier
Virginia Va.VARichmond
Washington Wash.WAOlympia
West Virginia W.Va.WVCharleston
Wisconsin Wis.WIMadison
Wyoming Wyo.WYCheyenne

US District, Territory, and Possession Abbreviations and Capitals

US Districts, Territories, and Possessions
Capital City
American Samoa n/aASPago Pago
District of Columbia D.C.DCWashington
Federated States of MicronesiaFSMFMPalikir
Guam GuamGUHagatna
Marshall Islands n/aMHMajuro
Northern Mariana Islands n/aMPSaipan
Palau PalauPWKoror
Puerto Rico P.R.PRSan Juan
Virgin Islands V.I.VICharlotte Amalie

The standard, or traditional, abbreviations, were widely used on mailing addresses and in other contexts before the two-letter postal abbreviations were introduced.  Use the standard state abbreviations, with periods and spaces as shown, for all purposes other than postal addresses.  The United States Post Office instituted two letter state abbreviations along with five digit zip codes in 1963.  These postal abbreviations should only be used in mailing addresses.  When abbreviating the name of a state in a mailing address, use uppercase letters, with no space between the letters.

Related US Regional and Travel sites

  • Online Atlas for United States travel and tourism information.
  • State Capitals for maps and info about each U.S. state capital.
  • State Maps for printable road maps of each state in the USA.

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State Abbreviations - State Capitals - State Government