Ultimate List of US State Abbreviations 🇺🇸

A colorful map of the United States of America, showing every state — but not their abbreviations

Use this resource to help memorize U.S. state abbreviations — or to make sure you’re addressing your letter properly. (Yay for snail mail!)

This article is organized into two-letter abbreviations for U.S. states and U.S. territories — and even includes standard abbreviations in a table at the end, as well.

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Good Good Good also reports on good news from all 50 U.S. states — and we’ll be updating our website in the near future to allow you to sort all of our good news stories by state. 

List of Abbreviations for U.S. States and Territories

U.S. States

Alabama: AL

Alaska: AK

Arizona: AZ

Arkansas: AR

California: CA

Colorado: CO

Connecticut: CT

Delaware: DE

Florida: FL

Georgia: GA

Hawaii: HI

Idaho: ID

Illinois: IL

Indiana: IN

Iowa: IA

Kansas: KS

Kentucky: KY

Louisiana: LA

Maine: ME

Maryland: MD

Massachusetts: MA

Michigan: MI

Minnesota: MN

Mississippi: MS

Missouri: MO

Montana: MT

Nebraska: NE

Nevada: NV

New Hampshire: NH

New Jersey: NJ

New Mexico: NM

New York: NY

North Carolina: NC

North Dakota: ND

Ohio: OH

Oklahoma: OK

Oregon: OR

Pennsylvania: PA

Rhode Island: RI

South Carolina: SC

South Dakota: SD

Tennessee: TN

Texas: TX

Utah: UT

Vermont: VT

Virginia: VA

Washington: WA

West Virginia: WV

Wisconsin: WI

Wyoming: WY

U.S. Non-State Regions

American Samoa: AS

District of Columbia: DC

Federated States of Micronesia: FM

Guam: GU

Marshall Islands: MH

Minor Outlying Islands: UM

Northern Mariana Islands: MP

Palau: PW

Puerto Rico: PR

U.S. Virgin Islands: VI

Table of State and Territory Abbreviations

Kindly note that there are not standard abbreviations for the names of eight states: Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Ohio, Texas, and Utah.

State Standard Postal
Alabama Ala. AL
Alaska Alaska AK
Arizona Ariz. AZ
Arkansas Ark. AR
California Calif. CA
Canal Zone C.Z. CZ
Colorado Colo. CO
Connecticut Conn. CT
Delaware Del. DE
District of Columbia D.C. DC
Florida Fla. FL
Georgia Ga. GA
Guam Guam GU
Hawaii Hawaii HI
Idaho Idaho ID
Illinois Ill. IL
Indiana Ind. IN
Iowa Iowa IA
Kansas Kan. KS
Kentucky Ky. KY
Louisiana La. LA
Maine Maine ME
Maryland Md. MD
Massachusetts Mass. MA
Michigan Mich. MI
Minnesota Minn. MN
Mississippi Miss. MS
Missouri Mo. MO
Montana Mont. MT
Nebraska Neb. NE
Nevada Nev. NV
New Hampshire N.H. NH
New Jersey N.J. NJ
New Mexico N.M. NM
New York N.Y. NY
North Carolina N.C. NC
North Dakota N.D. ND
Ohio Ohio OH
Oklahoma Okla. OK
Oregon Ore. OR
Pennsylvania Pa. PA
Puerto Rico P.R. PR
Rhode Island R.I. RI
South Carolina S.C. SC
South Dakota S.D. SD
Tennessee Tenn. TN
Texas Texas TX
Utah Utah UT
Vermont Vt. VT
Virgin Islands V.I. VI
Virginia Va. VA
Washington Wash. WA
West Virginia W.Va. WV
Wisconsin Wis. WI
Wyoming Wyo. WY

Frequently Asked Questions

Are all state abbreviations 2 letters?

Yes, all state abbreviations are two letters. The United States Postal Service publishes a standard list of official 2-letter abbreviations for the 50 US states. Both letters of each abbreviation are always capitalized and used without periods. 

What is the only letter that isn’t in the 50 state names?

The letter Q is the only English letter not used in any of the U.S. state names. 

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