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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List of Abbreviations for U.S. States and Territories
New Hampshire: NH
New Jersey: NJ
New Mexico: NM
New York: NY
North Carolina: NC
North Dakota: ND
Rhode Island: RI
South Carolina: SC
South Dakota: SD
West Virginia: WV
U.S. Non-State Regions
American Samoa: AS
District of Columbia: DC
Federated States of Micronesia: FM
Marshall Islands: MH
Minor Outlying Islands: UM
Northern Mariana Islands: MP
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.
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.