Why do you guys in the US have such long zip codes ?
We make do with only 4 digits here in Switzerland and we do not put the canton (that would be your state) on the address either, so I don't think you can argue that US addresses are particularly short.
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Checkraiser From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4066 times:
The US Zip does almost as much, for example, my zip is 54476
5 - means it is roughly in the middle of the country - WI, IA, MN, ND, SD, MT
4 - Wisconsin (this could also be a 3)
4 - Sort facility (In this case, Wausau)
6 - Last two numbers determine the the final post office from its respective sort facility.
SlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 69 Reply 14, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4016 times:
Quoting HAJFlyer (Reply 3): Why do you guys in the US have such long zip codes ?
What the USPO really wants us to use is "zip plus four" or nine-digit codes. Someone once calculated that nine digits are enough for every man, woman, child, dog and cat in North and South America to have its own zip code.
Last I heard, human sorters can only read the first three.
Of course our post office must be the best in the world. They are known for paying their regional managers (whatever they are called) bonuses for being "above average." All of them - above average. A population that is 100% above its own average. Remarkable!
The longest address I've seen yet was for a Mexican citizen who lived near Cancun, applying for a US FAA license of some sort. His address did not fit in the spaces the FAA allows, and their fields are pretty generous. I understood Mexico and Quintana Roo, and a town, but the rest of it was over my head.
Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.
Junketeer From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2004, 10 posts, RR: 4 Reply 17, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4001 times:
Quoting Trident3 (Reply 5): So in theory the letter could just be addressed
and the sorting office and postman would know exactly where to delver the letter, no street or town required.
So why on earth don't the Royal Mail tell us to do exactly this? Surely it would make it easier for them to sort too?
There are other things make our address system bizarre: first we have counties like Middlesex (incorporating Enfield, Heathrow and Twickenham??) that don't really exist but people still put them on their address and we also (though more rarely now) use latinised abbreviations for counties like Oxon, Cantab and Salop.
Trident3 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 1013 posts, RR: 3 Reply 18, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3986 times:
Quoting Junketeer (Reply 17): So why on earth don't the Royal Mail tell us to do exactly this? Surely it would make it easier for them to sort too?
because if the automatic sorters broke down they would be b*ggered.
With all the temps working as posties these days it is best to give them as much info as possible. ie: town ,street, house number, colour of front door, where the letterbox is etc.
Apparently the temps don't get access to the £1.30 Stella.
[Edited 2005-10-28 23:00:42]
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NoelG From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 20, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3927 times:
British addresses aren't that bad!!
We don't usually include the county or the England AND United Kingdom.
For instance, to post from abroad, you would put:
1234 Tony Blair Court
RH10 3AJ, UK
You wouldn't include the UK if you were within the UK so it would be even shorter.
A lot of the time there is no "Pound Hill" line, for instance, our address would be:
xx Blah Avenue
(we don't really live on blah avenue but I'm not giving out my real address on the web!).
It's only 4 lines!!
Postcodes - well they're always in the same format, so never any confusion between a zero and a letter o. It's easy to understand - e.g.
NG signifies Nottinghamshire,
17 specifies the postcode zone (in our case Sutton/Kirkby-in-Ashfield), and the last three digits specifies the street (and if it's a large street portions of the street).
BristolFlyer From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 2232 posts, RR: 0 Reply 21, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3912 times:
Most of the UK is not on any sort of grid system so we tend to go by descriptions instead of references like da US does. In rural areas the posties must have a nightmare, a lot of the houses are named (not numbered) and quite often don't post a house name. So a new postie will have a 'mare to start with.
It's one of those quaint English things that we are equally loved & loathed for!
Indeed and second class is even cheaper at 21p. Though why the hell they bother, I have no idea: surely it costs them even more to separate the mail and then slow it down. Does any other country in the world have second class post?
25 N1120A: In some ways, people just extend their address in the UK as a way of personalizing it. When I lived in London, I could have just put: XXX Queenstown
26 AsstChiefMark: The US Postal Service eliminated domestic air mail as an option many years ago. According to the USPS, most first class mail went by air anyway. Air
27 Aeroflot777: This is how I send a letter from the U.S. to my family : ó. á. òïóôïæ íÏÓË×Á, òÏÓÓÉÑ õÌ. ôÅÐÌÙÊ óÔÁÎ Ä. 7/2 Ë×.52 1
28 Bill142: Last time I checked, we had no alphanumerical codes on our mail. We have a numerical post (zip) code, it is four numbers with no letters.
29 Wrighbrothers: It's done to confuse/ anoy Americans and others It shows how inteligent we are, why take the simple lazy route when you can laugh at fustrated Americ
30 Wunala: Ours only have 4 numberics in the post code. 2XXX for NSW, 3XXX for VIC etc
31 FlyAUA: Austria still rocks flyAUA Goldenmouthway 4 A-1220 Vienna
32 Banco: It's called "history". You wouldn't understand. That's about 15 miles from me. Now tell me why you chose such a dump?
33 Babybus: Try using a Japanese address. It makes no sense in time or space. There is absolutely no logic to them. You can't use them to find places either. I ag
34 Jush: Well you can do shorter in England and longer in Germany. My adress in England was. Matthias Brink 14 George Street Taunton Somerset England UK TA2 7D
35 Senliture: In Australia we have express post, which guarantee next business day arrival in metropolitan area across the country, does that count? But the 'norma
36 We're Nuts: I'll go out on this limb: Switzerland: 39770 sq. Km. United States: 9631418 sq. Km. Or 242 times larger. Owned.
37 Bill142: I could imagine that being confusing if you have to search for the code. But I suppose if you knew the exact location, which if your sending a letter
38 Mhodgson: The difference is, First Class is sorted ahead of Second, so under certain circumstances SC can be as fast as first. First is sorted first, and so al
39 GoAround: Absolutely: Mr A Smith c/o Mrs B Smith House name 14 Street Name Residential Estate Specific Area More general Area County Postcode Country... If you
40 RedDragon: Surely the only difference is that you abbreviate the state to two letters (and I assume whack it on the same line as the city), and put the zip code
41 BHXFAOTIPYYC: Yes here we have "Corrieo Azul" (Blue Mail) which is guaranteed to be, err, more expensive than normal mail.
42 RedDragon: But this is hardly a UK-specific thing - any country can have addresses spread out over as many lines if the person in question is arsey enough!
43 RichardPrice: In the UK, general issue postcodes are not unique and will sometimes apply to as many as 40 locations, almost always in the same street. So if you wan
44 VonRichtofen: Actually, the British (and Canadian) post code system is much more accurate than the US Zip code system. Post codes are accurate within about 100m. I