State and City Names

Spell out state names in running text.

  • This company is based in Pleasanton, California.

When a state name is used alone, without a city, spell out the name of the state.

Use two-letter Postal Service abbreviations in tables, lists, mailing addresses, and displayed quote attributions.

  • Toodles Magee
    6230 Stoneridge Mall Road
    Pleasanton, CA 94588

When referring to the U.S. capital, use Washington, D.C. (note comma and periods).

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