Postal Facts - U.S. Postal Service
We make the connection. Friends and families, businesses and customers. The United States Postal Service delivers to every address in America, from the biggest cities to the smallest hamlets. The U.S. Mail is part of the fundamental infrastructure of this nation. It is a basic connection between all of the people and all of their institutions. This is our mandate — binding the nation together. This is our commitment — providing secure, reliable, affordable delivery of mail and packages. Always have, always will. It’s what we do.
The Postal Service ordered more than 660 million rubber bands during FY 2017.
In 2017, the Postal Service received $418.4 million in revenue from 2,837 postal self-service kiosks.
Every two weeks, the Postal Service pays $1.9 billion in salaries and benefits.
Forty-seven percent of the world's mail volume is handled by the Postal Service.
In 2017, the Postal Service processed and delivered 149.5 billion mailpieces.
If a private sector company, the Postal Service would rank 37th in the 2017 Fortune 500. In the 2017 Global Fortune 500 list, we ranked 99th.
corporate emails daily
Our corporate email system handles more than 12 million legitimate emails daily to more than 224,000 email accounts.
Military Postal Service Agency formed
Each military service managed its own mail program until 1980 when the Military Postal Service Agency was formed.
Social responsibility. From facilitating the nation's largest one-day food drive to addressing dog bites, educating customers on consumer protection and delivering holiday cheer to those in need, the Postal Service supports communities.
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There are nearly 42,000 ZIP Codes in the country.
During FY 2017, USPS traveled 1.5 billion miles to deliver your mail, equivalent to 61,217 laps around Earth, 6,381 trips to the moon or 16 trips to the sun.
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military delivery points
The Military Postal Service provides service in 60 countries. There are 201 land-based and 147 onboard ship Post Offices. There are 818 military ZIP Codes around the world, with more than 1.2 million delivery points.
billion operating revenue
$69.6 billion in operating revenue in 2017
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billion retail revenue
In 2017, retail revenue totaled $12.9 billion.
USPS continues to be one of the largest employers in the nation. Over half a million people are employed by the Postal Service, from Hawaii to Maine. There were 503,103 career employees in 2017. The number of non-career employees was 141,021.
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million delivery points
The Postal Service prides itself on going the last mile to deliver the mail. We served 157.3 million delivery points nationwide in 2017 with 1.2 million new delivery points added to the network.
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Nearly 37 million address changes were requested in 2017.
retail post offices
There are 30,825 Postal Service-managed retail post offices in the United States.
million customer visits
The Postal Service recorded 857.1 million retail customer visits during 2017.
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All heart. The Postal Service is the core of the $1.4 trillion U.S. mailing industry that employs more than 7.5 million people.
Zero tax dollars used. The Postal Service receives NO tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.
In 2017, the United Postal Service recorded $69.6 billion in operating revenue.
In 2017, usps.com recorded 1.9 billion visits - averaging 6.3 million visitors each day.
In 2017, stamp and retail sales at the Postal Store on usps.com - the official online Post Office - totaled nearly $298 million.
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The Eagle Logo, the trade dress of USPS packaging, the Letter Carrier Uniform and the Postal Truck and the following word marks are among the many trademarks owned by the United States Postal Service®:
Certified Mail®, Click-N-Ship®, Every Door Direct Mail®, Express Mail®, First-Class™, First-Class Mail®, Forever®, Global Express Guaranteed®, gopost®, Intelligent Mail®, Metro Post®, Parcel Select®, PO Box™, Post Office™, PostalOne!®, Postal Police®, Postal Service™, Premium Forwarding Service® , Priority Mail®, Priority Mail Express®, Priority Mail Express International®, Priority Mail Flat Rate®, Priority Mail International®, Priority: You®, Registered Mail™, Return For Good®, Standard Mail®, The Postal Store®, United States Postal Inspection Service®, United States Postal Service®, U.S. Mail®, U.S. Postal Inspector®, U.S. Postal Service®, USPS®, USPS BlueEarth®, USPS Mobile®, USPS Tracking®, USPS.COM®, ZIP + 4®, and ZIP Code™. This is not a comprehensive list of all Postal Service trademarks.
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Special thanks to the Postal Facts 2018 editors:
Sue Brennan, Ilze Sella, Megan Plummer, Ashley Holmes Mullenix, Tatiana Roy, Carl Walton
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