Quick US zip code help!

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  1. stevehaslip macrumors 6502a

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    hi
    just need a little bit of help here, US zip codes are different to the UK postcodes. I just want someone to tell me what a US zip code should look like, i'm doing a project and want to mock up a zip code for somewhere in mineapolis and also washington. I'm doing a presentation and have to make some gift type things to give out, wanted to do a fake envelope but didn't have a clue to to write a zip code for either place. obviously don't give me a real one but can someone just quickly explain how to make one up?
    cheers
     
  2. blackfox macrumors 65816

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    Well US zip codes are five numbers long. No letters. Occasionally they have extra numerical suffixes, but those are most used internally by mail/shipping companies. Most Large Urban areas have multiple Zip codes, differing in last two numbers.

    Sample Zip codes of places I've lived:

    Madison, WI - 53711, 53705 (I think)
    Austin, TX - 78705, 78701
    Portland, OR - 97201

    you get the idea...
     
  3. stevehaslip thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    cool, cheers so i can basically make up a number as long as it has five numbers in it i am set. its a bit different here we have numbers to complicate things!
    thanks again now i can get back to making my envelope:D
     
  4. blackfox macrumors 65816

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    I assume you meant letters, not numbers...I grew up in Bedfordshire (no jokes), and some family still lives in Sussex. Know the system well.

    Glad to help, good luck mate.

    Btw, don't start with zero. Also, generally-speaking, I believe the East Coast has lower numbers (eg 11205), the middle of the country middle numbers (like the Madison example) and the west coast high numbers (like my Portland example). don't know if that matters to you or not.
     
  5. zim macrumors 65816

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    My zip starts with a zero. New England area generally starts with zero while California would be nine.
     
  6. Hemingray macrumors 68030

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    The suffixes blackfox is talking about is the "ZIP+4" zip code, which looks like "92629-1304" (five numbers, a hyphen, then four more numbers). This isn't necessary, though, it's still acceptable to send mail with just the primary 5-number zip code.

    Heck, I wish we could still just write "Sacramento, Calif." with NO zip code like you could back before there were zip codes and two letter state abbreviations! But no need to cause our postal workers any undue stress. ;)
     
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    To give you a good idea:

    ZIPS starting with 0: New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire (I think)
    1: Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York
    2: Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina? West Virginia?
    3: This is most of the southeast including Florida
    4: This tends to be the midwest/north
    5: Midwest
    6: Unsure
    7: Midwest
    8: You're moving into Nevada, Colorado etc
    9: California, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Hawaii et al
     
  9. blackfox macrumors 65816

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    oops. I thought it began with one. Can you tell I've spent a lot of time in New England?

    Thnks for the clarification.
     
  10. stevehaslip thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  11. Doctor Q Administrator

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    If you know a particular city and state, you can go here and find the zip code(s).
     
  12. wdlove macrumors P6

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    I like using the ZIP+4 it is designed to speed delivery. It pinpoints you actual adress. Such as Boston, MA 02119-2303.
     
  13. Roger1 macrumors 65816

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    Somebody has never seen ZOOM :p

    "Send it to ZOOM! Box 351, Boston MA, 02134! :p
     
  14. saabmp3 macrumors 6502a

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    I've done all the zips, lived in 02186 to 14623 to 49417 now in 98388. I wish I could get to 100000 :p

    BEN
     
  15. Doctor Q Administrator

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    Anybody here from Nebraska? Maybe your MacRumors rank matches your zip code!

    65816 - no such zip code
    65832 - no such zip code
    68000 - no such zip code
    68010 - Boys Town, NE
    68020 - Decatur, NE
    68030 - Homer, NE
    68040 - Malmo, NE
     
  16. wdlove macrumors P6

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    I live in LaVista, Nebraska for 10 years. Originally sent there by the Air Force. It's a suburb of Omaha. My Zip Code was 68128.
     
  17. pivo6 macrumors 68000

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    Thanks for putting that song in my head tonight. :p
     
  18. Nermal Moderator

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    Don't forget 06502 :)
     
  19. baby duck monge macrumors 68000

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    so i don't know if you really care or not, but the zip codes for the minneapolis area are pretty much anything from 55400-55488 (with a few numbers left out in there). so yeah. not that it's really that important, but now you know.
     
  20. Doctor Q Administrator

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    In that case, are there any MacRumors 6502s from New Haven, Connecticut?
     
  21. Doctor Q Administrator

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    Here's a puzzle for you all: What is special about the cities of Arlington, VA, Newton Falls, OH, and Young America, MN?
     
  22. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    22222, 44444, 55555 :D
    Semi-official (according to the link from iLikeMyiMac)
    0####: New Jersey and New England (Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine)
    1####: New York (state), Pennsylvania, and Delaware
    2####: the Virginias and Carolinas, and Maryland
    3####: Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi
    4####: Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan,
    5####: Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, the Dakotas, Montana
    6####: Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois
    7####: Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma
    8####: New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming, Nevada, Idaho, Utah
    9####: California, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Hawaii


    90### is the Los Angeles area, 94### is the SF Bay area, 97### is Oregon, 98### and 99### are Washington (99### is also Alaska). 96# is Guam, Hawaii (maybe all), and parts of California.
     
  23. Doctor Q Administrator

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    Yes, those are the only cities with the same digit repeated 5 times. Counterfit wins 222,224,444,455,555 MacRumors points!
     
  24. iElvis macrumors member

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    I used to live in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Now I'm in New Zealand (as of 2 months ago). In the three towns where I lived, Schaumburg was 60193 and 60194, Roselle was 60172, and Elk Grove Village was 60007. These three towns border each other, so try to explain that. :confused:

    Of course now I don't even need to worry about them, just Town and City/Region.

    [Edit] I just looked up on the zip code locater thing, but Schaumburg has 9 zipcodes. :rolleyes:
     
  25. joelwnelson macrumors newbie

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    ZIP codes starting with 6 are the Great Plains area -- Kansas, Nebraska, etc. My ZIP is 68028 (Gretna, NE -- between Lincoln and Omaha) -- I had never thought of the comparison between certain Nebraska ZIP codes and the 68k Mac line. Nice!
     

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