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USPS Factoids

USPS Mail Delivered By Mules

The United States Postal Service is an amazing organization. Here are some factoids that I’m sure you will find amazing.

Just by sheer volume and size, the USPS:

  • Delivers more mail to more addresses in a larger geographical area than any other post in the world
  • Handles forty percent (40%) of the world’s mail volume
  • Would rank 43rd in the 2014 Fortune 500 list (if it were a privately held company)
  • Receives NO tax dollars for operating its services

To further testify to the huge scope of the USPS, check out these statistics:

  • Is a $1.3 trillion industry
  • Delivery to 153.9 million locations nationwide
  • Annual processed and delivers 155.4 billion mailpieces
  • Manages 31,662 retail post offices
  • 2014 FY revenue was $67.8 billion
  • Staffed by 486,822 career employees
  • Staffed by 130,432 non-career employees
  • Maintains 211,264 vehicles – the largest civilian fleets in the world

Let’s not forget the postage Stamp:

  • Each postage stamp is a miniature work of art; reflecting America by highlighting heroes, history, milestones, achievements, and natural wonders.
  • The Forever Stamp accounts for almost 70% of the total volume of stamps sold in 2014
  • Forever Stamps are purchased at the current First-Class Mail® postage price
  • Forever Stamps are valid for full postage no matter how or when prices change
  • Issued in 2007, the Liberty Bell was the first image on the Forever Stamp
  • 19.4 billion US Postage stamps were printed in 2014; 19 billion were sold

First featured on a US Postage stamp:

  • Queen Isabella was the first woman in 1893
  • Admiral David Farragut was the first Hispanic-American in 1903
  • Pocahontas was the first Native American in 1907
  • Booker T. Washington was the first African American in 1940

And let’s close with:

  • Located in Ochopee, FL, the smallest post office in the US is 61.3 square feet
  • The post office with the largest retail space is the James A. Farley post office in New York, NY, with 393,000 square feet
  • The Stamp Fulfillment Services center, located in Kansas City, MO, is actually located in a limestone cave 150 feet underground. The consistent, year-round temperatures and low humidity levels in the cave allow the stamps to be maintained in mint-quality condition
  • Clinton is the most common post office name (26 locations), with Madison coming in second (25), and Franklin and Washington tying for third with 24 locations
  • The most common street names in the country are: Main, 2nd, Maple, Oak, and Park – in that order
  • The most unusual mail delivery method in the US is by mule, used in AZ to deliver mail to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Approximately 4,000 pounds of mail, food, supplies, and furniture is delivered by this method each day. Mules carrying about 130 pounds each, traverse the 8-mile trail to the Havasupai Indians at the bottom of the canyon
  • Delivery points don’t need to be on dry land! The JW Westcott is a 45-foot contract mail boat out of Detroit that delivers mail to passing ships on the Detroit River. The JW Westcott even has its own ZIP code – 48222
  • There is a real 12345 ZIP code: it is a unique ZIP code for the Internal Revenue Service in Holtsville NY