Varied Surroundings

There is more to being human than travelling around the world sampling its many delights, and recent reading has taken me deeper into subjects like philosophy. Though I am a scientist by training, the humanities continue to appeal to me, and various life events have led me to explore them more than otherwise might have been the case. That is now the main thrust of what you find here, along with other things that have a use in navigating life’s journey.

North American State & Province Codes

To be truthful, it has taken some time for American state codes to stick to my memory but there also are Canadian provincial & territorial codes too. All are two letters in length so you can see why residents of the U.S.A. and Canada would use them instead of the longer names. Just so I have them to hand whenever I might need them, I am sharing them here and they may prove useful for others not living in North America as well.

State Codes for the U.S.A.

State Code
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 PE
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

In addition to these, there are other state-like codes that you will find. The national capital is in the District of Columbia so you get to see the legend "Washington, DC" rather a lot. There are armed services codes too in the form of AA for Armed Forces America, AE for Armed Forces Europe and AP for Armed Forces Pacific. To me, these look like the British Forces Post Office that the U.K. has so most may not have need for such things.

Canadian Provincial & Territory Codes

Province/Territory Code
Alberta AB
British Columbia BC
Manitoba MB
Newfoundland & Labrador NL
Northwest Territories NT
Nova Scotia NS
Nunavut NV
Ontario ON
Prince Edward Island PE
Quebec QC
Saskatchewan SK
Yukon YT