The postal code in English

(Use of postal codes in English)

Table of contents – postal code

On this page you will find the following:

  1. Writing the postal code
  2. North American states
  3. Further explanations

How is the postal code written in English?

Regarding the spelling and form of postal codes, there is a small difference between British and American English. Additionally, the term for designating the postal code is different: In American English, zip code is used; in British English, postcode and postal code are standard. Compare in detail:

  • The British postal code is divided into two groups of letters and numbers. The first group represents the city (the place) or region, and the second group embodies the address. Examples of typical British style:
    • MK7 6AJ
    • RM10 5RL
  • The postcode in the USA is called zip code and consists of five digits. Furthermore, the two-letter abbreviation for the respective federal state precedes the code. Examples of American usage:
    • CA 95383
    • AL 54677

North American states (USA) with their abbreviations

Abbreviations of states used by the postal service in the USA
Abbreviation State (USA)
AL Alabama
AK Alaska
AR Arkansas
AZ Arizona
CA California
CO Colorado
CT Connecticut
DE Delaware
FL Florida
GA Georgia
HI Hawaii
IA Iowa
ID Idaho
IL Illinois
IN Indiana
KS Kansas
KY Kentucky
LA Louisiana
MA Massachusetts
MD Maryland
ME Maine
MI Michigan
MN Minnesota
MO Missouri
MS Mississippi
MT Montana
NC North Carolina
ND North Dakota
NE Nebraska
NH New Hampshire
NJ New Jersey
NM New Mexico
NV Nevada
NY New York
OH Ohio
OK Oklahoma
OR Oregon
PA Pennsylvania
RI Rhode Island
SC South Carolina
SD South Dakota
TN Tennessee
TX Texas
UT Utah
VA Virginia
VT Vermont
WA Washington
WI Wisconsin
WV West Virginia
WY Wyoming

Further explanations referring to the ‘Postal code’

The following explanations are related to the topic ‘Spelling of the postal code (postcode; zip code) in British and American English’ and may help you as well: