Sunday, April 16, 2017

Number of Post Offices by State (2017)

Which state has the most post offices, and how many post offices are there? For those curious souls, here is a ranking of states by number of active U.S. Post Offices by state (and territory) as of early 2017. Facilities include all USPS retail facilities: independent post offices (including APOs, RMPOs, and PTPOs), classified [USPS-staffed] stations and branches, and the handful of Post Office Express locations. Excluded are carrier-only facilities, specialized mail processing facilities, Contract Postal Units (CPUs) and Community Post Offices (CPOs), and Village Post Offices (VPOs). Postlandia obtained a complete list of active postal facilities via Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Enjoy!

Total: 30,606 post offices

Rank State
# P.O.s
1 NY New York 1826
2 PA Pennsylvania 1805
3 TX Texas 1655
4 CA California 1634
5 IL Illinois 1315
6 OH Ohio 1117
7 MO Missouri 904
8 MI Michigan 894
9 VA Virginia 888
10 IA Iowa 830
11 NC North Carolina 822
12 MN Minnesota 777
13 FL Florida 750
14 WI Wisconsin 740
15 IN Indiana 715
16 GA Georgia 706
17 NJ New Jersey 692
18 KY Kentucky 676
19 WV West Virginia 655
20 AR Arkansas 616
21 MA Massachusetts 588
22 KS Kansas 586
23 AL Alabama 583
24 OK Oklahoma 582
25 TN Tennessee 582
26 WA Washington 519
27 LA Louisiana 507
28 NE Nebraska 479
29 MD Maryland 457
30 CO Colorado 437
31 ME Maine 428
32 MS Mississippi 421
33 SC South Carolina 398
34 OR Oregon 362
35 MT Montana 314
36 NM New Mexico 314
37 SD South Dakota 314
38 CT Connecticut 303
39 ND North Dakota 295
40 VT Vermont 266
41 AZ Arizona 265
42 ID Idaho 236
43 NH New Hampshire 232
44 AK Alaska 206
45 UT Utah 197
46 WY Wyoming  142
47 NV Nevada 130
48 HI Hawaii 105
49 RI Rhode Island 80
50 DE Delaware 63

PR Puerto Rico 118

DC District of Columbia 51

VI Virgin Islands 12

GU Guam 6

FM Federated States
of Micronesia
4

MH Marshall Islands 3

MP Northern Mariana Islands 2

AS American Samoa 1

PW Palau 1

1 comment:

Kelvin said...

The Postal Guide used to list the number of post offices, not including any kind of subordinate units, which your listing does have.

In 1949, Pennsylvania had the most, with 2454 independent post offices. Second was Kentucky, with 2281, twice as many as it has now.

In 1899, Pennsylvania was also number one, with 5206. Second was New York at 3735.

Rural free delivery, which started in 1896, and spread rapidly in the early 1900s, drastically reduced the number of small post offices. In 1899, eighteen states had more more independent post offices than New York has in total today.