States/Territories

Spell out the names of states when they stand alone. Abbreviate according to AP (below), not postal rules when a state is listed with a city or town in text. Use a comma following the state name when the sentence continues.

Right: The sophomore came from Lompoc, Calif., to study chemistry.

State/Territory Abbreviations for Use in Text

Use postal rules for state abbreviations preceding the zip code only on envelopes.

  • State
  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Abbreviation
  • Ala.
  • Alaska
  • Ariz.
  • Ark.
  • Calif.
  • Colo.
  • Conn.
  • Del.
  • Fla.
  • Ga.
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Ill.
  • Ind.
  • Iowa
  • Kan.
  • Ky.
  • La.
  • Maine
  • Md.
  • Mass.
  • Mich.
  • Minn.
  • Miss.
  • Mo.
  • State
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming
  • Abbreviation
  • Mont.
  • Neb.
  • Nev.
  • N.H.
  • N.J.
  • N.M.
  • N.Y.
  • N.C.
  • N.D.
  • Ohio
  • Okla.
  • Ore.
  • Pa.
  • R.I.
  • S.C.
  • S.D.
  • Tenn.
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vt.
  • Va.
  • Wash.
  • W.Va.
  • Wis.
  • Wyo.
  • Territories
  • District of Columbia
  • Guam
  • Puerto Rico
  • Samoa
  • Virgin Islands
  • Abbreviation
  • D.C.
  • Guam
  • P.R.
  • Samoa
  • V.I.
  • Canadian Provinces/Territories
  • Alberta
  • British Columbia
  • New Brunswick
  • Newfoundland
  • Northwest Territories
  • Nova Scotia
  • Nunavut
  • Ontario
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Québec
  • Saskatchewan
  • Yukon
  • Canadian Provinces/Territories Abbreviation
  • Alta.
  • B.C.
  • N.B.
  • Nfld.
  • N.W.T.
  • N.S.
  • Nunavut
  • Ont.
  • P.E.I.
  • Qué.
  • Sask.
  • Yukon
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