The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

14 July 2006

That darned old county line

The amiable Dr. Chris Lawrence has adopted a more modest return address:

Iíve decided to list my return address on job applications as "St. Louis" rather than "Clayton," since the USPS says either is acceptable, and the six people who know the difference might think I was some sort of rich snob otherwise.

The USPS here seems to be wanting to get people to use "Nichols Hills" rather than "Oklahoma City" where appropriate; I keyed three addresses known to be inside Nichols Hills city limits, and all three of them came back standardized to NH — even the one in 73120 rather than 73116. (Not all suburbs get this kind of treatment.)

On a whim, I typed "10 N. Bemiston, Clayton, MO" into the USPS search screen. It duly came back:

10 N BEMISTON AVE
SAINT LOUIS MO 63105-3304

Which, if you're keeping score, is the Clayton City Hall.

I suspect, though, that if you had the nine-digit ZIP correct, you could put "Saint Louis," "St Louis," "Clayton," or for all I know "Timbuktu" in there, and your mail would (eventually) get to the right place.

Posted at 7:06 AM to Dyssynergy


I suspect, though, that if you had the nine-digit ZIP correct, you could put "Saint Louis," "St Louis," "Clayton," or for all I know "Timbuktu" in there, and your mail would (eventually) get to the right place.

By rights you shouldn't even need the plus-four -- the zip code routes the mail to the right post office and as a general rule there's not supposed to be any duplicate address/street-name combinations in a given zip code.

Some time I'll address a postcard to my street address and five-digit zip code, using "Timbuktu" for the town name, just to see what happens.

Posted by: McGehee at 3:35 PM on 16 July 2006