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Definition

ZIP code, a geographical classification system developed by the US government for mail distribution, refers to a nested, numeric code with a range of five to nine digits.[1] According to United States Zip Codes.org, "US ZIP codes are a type of postal code used within the United States to help the United States Postal Service (USPS) route mail more efficiently. Some still refer to ZIP codes as US postal codes. The term ZIP stands for Zone Improvement Plan. The basic 5-digit format was first introduced in 1963 and later extended to add an additional 4 digits after a dash to form a ZIP+4 code. The additional 4 digits help USPS more precisely group mail for delivery. The term ZIP stands for Zone Improvement Plan. The basic 5-digit format was first introduced in 1963 and later extended to add an additional 4 digits after a dash to form a ZIP+4 code. The additional 4 digits help USPS more precisely group mail for delivery."[2]

References

  1. ^ American Marketing Association. AMA Dictionary.
  2. ^ United States Zip Codes.org. About US ZIP Codes. <http://www.unitedstateszipcodes.org/>

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