What State Is Abbreviated "ME"?


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Maine is the state with the postal abbreviation "ME." Maine is one of nine states and territories beginning with the letter "M" and one of four with the first two letters "Ma."

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The Post Office Department previously recommended that the name of the state be spelled out in full, but once ZIP codes were assigned and implemented in 1963, the department devised a list of two-letter abbreviations to use in place of the names of states. Each state or territory has the first initial of its name as the first letter in its abbreviation. To prevent duplication, however, some creativity was needed in determining the second letter. In the case of Maine, the abbreviation consists of the first and last letters of the state's name.

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