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What Are The Last Four Digits Of A Zip Code For?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Chuck C, Sep 24, 2002.

  1. Chuck C

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    e.g.

    44139-4067...what's the 4067 all about?

    thanks
     
  2. Todd Henry

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    The zip+4 system further narrows down your address to the street and sometimes what part of the street to make it easier for the post office to sort your mail.
     
  3. Jay H

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    Todd beat me to it. You can lookup a Zip+4 address just by your street number and street so obviously there is a method to this madness but I am not familiar with that stuff.

    Jay
     
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    It's just to make it easier for those lazy mailmen! [​IMG]
    /Mike
     
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    From the USPS website:
    Why are ZIP+4 Codes used?
    In 1983, the Postal Service began using an expanded ZIP Code called "ZIP+4." A ZIP+4 Code consists of the original 5-digit ZIP Code plus a 4-digit add-on code. The 4-digit add-on number identifies a geographic segment within the 5-digit delivery area, such as a city block, office building, individual high-volume receiver of mail, or any other unit that would aid efficient mail sorting and delivery.
     
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    What I hate are online order forms which have not accommodated the extra 4 digits and are locked to 5 spaces. It totally goes against the concept of trying to help the postal system be more efficient.
     
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    I've been told by one of my mail-sorter friends, that the +4 slows down mail delivery for the average, low-volume citizen. Something about being routed through a different system.
     
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    It helps the government know which "Happy Camp" to send you to in the event of the next civil war.
     
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    fine work everyone, i love htf
     
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    The first two digits can signify your region, i.e. 07 is north jersey while 08 is south jersey so you can tell the region/state by the first two digits.
    And of course, there is the USPS Zip lookup utility here:
    http://www.usps.com/ncsc/lookups/lookup_ctystzip.html
    Jay
     
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    Technically, all you need to mail something is the nine-digit zip.
    At least it used to work. Back when they first implemented it, I sent a test letter to a friend and only put the Zip+4 on the front of the envelope. It got to it's destination with no discernable delay.
    [​IMG]
     
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    When I had a P.O. Box, the +4 digit was the same as my box number.
     

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