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Jun 24 2009   1:06PM GMT

State names — abbreviate or not?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

typing Which is correct?
HP’s corporate headquarters are in Palo Alto, ______.
a. CA
b. California

Answer: a.

Explanation: To conform to AP style, abbreviate state names when used in conjunction with a town or city name. (However, if the city is not specified, spell out the full state name.)

David Davies published this handy AP style tipsheet.

Here’s a list of abbreviations for state and province names, including both current and old-style.

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