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Post Office Facts


The United States Postal Service® delivers more mail to more addresses in a larger geographical area than any other post in the world. We deliver to nearly 151 million homes, businesses and Post Office Boxes in every state, city, town and borough in this country. Everyone living in the U.S. and its territories has access to postal products and services and pays the same postage regardless of location.

By the Numbers

67 billion — revenue in 2010, in dollars
171 billion — total number of mail pieces processed in 2010
563 million — average number of mail pieces processed each day
23 million — average number of mail pieces processed each hour
391,000 — average number of mail pieces processed each minute
6,516 — average number of mail pieces processed each second
40 — percentage of the world’s card and letter mail volume handled by USPS
1.9 billion — dollar amount paid every 2 weeks in salaries and benefits
574,000 — number of career employees
75 million — number of workhours reduced in 2010 – equal to 42,800 full-time employees
215,625 — number of vehicles in the Postal Service fleet — the largest civilian fleet in the world
1.25 billion — number of miles driven each year by our letter carriers and truck drivers
399 million — number of gallons of fuel used in 2010
31,871 — number of postal-managed retail locations nationwide
41.5 million — number of address changes processed in 2010
1.3 million — number of people who visit each day
223 million — dollar amount of online stamp and retail sales online at in 2010
423 million — total revenue, in dollars, from Click-N-Ship label purchases in 2010
6.7 million — number of passport applications accepted in 2010
123.6 million — number of money orders issued in 2010
577 million — dollar amount generated from Automated Postal Centers in 2010
63,000 — number of stores, banks and ATMs that sell postage stamps
735,779 — number of new delivery points added to the network in 2010
0 — tax dollars received for operating the Postal Service

Fun Facts

Postal Service superlatives — everything you've ever wanted to know ... and more.

Post Office Fun Facts

  • Highest elevation — Leadville, CO — 10,150 feet above sea level
  • Lowest elevation — Mecca, CA — 180 feet below sea level
  • Westernmost in US — Wales, AK
  • Easternmost in US — Lubec, ME
  • Southernmost in US — Key West, FL
  • Northernmost in US — Barrow, AK
  • Closest to the geographical center of the 50 United States — Belle Fourche, SD
  • Closest to geographical center of the 48 contiguous states — Lebanon, KS
  • Smallest — Ochopee Main Post Office, Ochopee, FL — 61.3 square feet
  • Largest — James A. Farley Post Office — New York, NY —393,000 square feet
  • Oldest in same building — Hinsdale, NH, since 1816
  • 2nd oldest — Castine, ME, since 1833
  • Coldest — North Slope area of Alaska, including Barrow and Wainwright
  • Hottest — Death Valley, CA
  • Most extraordinary — Peach Springs, AZ, Post Office has walk-in freezers for food destined for delivery to the bottom of the Grand Canyon by mule train.
  • Most isolated — Located in the farthest reaches of northern Alaska, the Anaktuvuk Pass Post Office is the only link to the outside world for the 300 residents who live there. There are no roads; everything must be flown in.
  • Dual personality — Sitting on the border between TN and VA, the Post Office here has two different ZIP codes and serves customers in Bristol, TN, and Bristol, VA.
  • Most needing a bridge — The Point Roberts, WA, Post Office can be reached by car only by driving through British Columbia, Canada. Only a boat or float plane can travel directly there.
  • Clinton is the most common Post Office name. Madison is second, and Franklin and Washington are tied for third.
  • The five most common street names in the country are Second, Park, Main, Maple and Oak.
  • The longest Main Street in America is located in Island Park, ID (83429) — it's 33 miles long.

Just the Fun Facts

  • The Postal Service:
    • is the nation's 2nd largest civilian employer
    • has the nation's largest retail network
    • has the world's largest civilian fleet of vehicles
    • has the world's largest alternative fuel-enabled fleet
  • The Postal Service has a larger retail network than McDonald's, Starbucks and Wal-Mart combined (in US).
  • The Postal Service has one of the largest learning management systems in the country.
  • The Postal Service receives 90 percent of its retail revenue from 15,000 of its nearly 32,000 postal-operated retail locations.
  • The Postal Service prints more than 800,000 IRS W-2 forms, 3.3 million payroll checks, 1.8 million non-payroll checks and 15.4 million payroll earnings statements annually.
  • Most Unusual Delivery Method — mule trains in Arizona. Each mule carries about 130 pounds of mail, food, supplies and furniture down the 8-mile trail to the Havasupai Indians at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, averaging 41,000 pounds per week.
  • Another Unusual Delivery Method — boat in Michigan The JW Westcott is a 45-foot contract mail boat out of Detroit, MI, that delivers mail to passing ships in the Detroit River. The JW Westcott has its own ZIP Code — 48222.
  • Located in MD, the William F. Bolger Center for Leadership Development is a national training facility for the Postal Service. It is the only hotel in the country featuring an on-site Smithsonian exhibit.
  • There are more than 42,000 ZIP codes in the country.
  • The lowest ZIP Code is 00501, a unique ZIP Code for the Internal Revenue Service in Holtsville, NY.
  • The highest ZIP Code is 99950 in Ketchikan, AK.
  • The easiest ZIP Code to remember is 12345, a unique ZIP Code for General Electric in Schenectady, NY.
  • The longest regular rural route is Route 2 in Gridley, KS. The carrier travels 182.8 miles daily and delivers to 258 boxes.
  • The shortest rural delivery route is Route 42 in Henderson, NV. The carrier travels 2.9 miles daily and delivers to 952 boxes.
  • The Postal Service moves mail using planes, trains, trucks, cars, boats, ferries, helicopters, subways, float planes, hovercrafts, T-3s, street cars, mules, snowmobiles, bicycles and feet.