Quick US zip code help!

stevehaslip

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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
 

blackfox

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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...
 

stevehaslip

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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
 

blackfox

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stevehaslip said:
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
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.
 

zim

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blackfox said:
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.
My zip starts with a zero. New England area generally starts with zero while California would be nine.
 

Hemingray

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Jan 9, 2002
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Ha ha haaa!
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. ;)
 

StarbucksSam

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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
 

blackfox

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zim said:
My zip starts with a zero. New England area generally starts with zero while California would be nine.
oops. I thought it began with one. Can you tell I've spent a lot of time in New England?

Thnks for the clarification.
 

wdlove

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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.
 

Roger1

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blackfox said:
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.
Somebody has never seen ZOOM :p

"Send it to ZOOM! Box 351, Boston MA, 02134! :p
 

Doctor Q

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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
 

wdlove

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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.
 

Nermal

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Doctor Q said:
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
Don't forget 06502 :)
 

baby duck monge

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Feb 16, 2003
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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.
 

Doctor Q

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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?
 

Counterfit

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Doctor Q said:
Here's a puzzle for you all: What is special about the cities of Arlington, VA, Newton Falls, OH, and Young America, MN?
22222, 44444, 55555 :D
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
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.
 

iElvis

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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:
 

joelwnelson

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Mar 21, 2005
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Doctor Q said:
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
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!