Surface Transportation

1.6

billion miles

The Postal Service operates hundreds of mail processing and distribution centers / plants across the country. The employees in these facilities accept, sort and dispatch the nations mail. To move mail using surface transportation, the Postal Service drove more than 1.6 billion miles in 2020 — more than 60,000 trips in more than 25,000 box trucks and tractor-trailers daily.

* | Tags: Innovation USPS Fact #701 | March 9, 2021

5.5 billion external email messages

5.5 BILLION

external email messages

The Postal Service email gateway system delivers more than 5.5 billion external email messages annually to postal customers and business partners. The majority of these are automated messages from Informed Delivery, Click-N-Ship and Package Tracking applications.

* | Tags: Innovation USPS Fact #698 | March 9, 2021

Blocking Bad Actors

7 MILLION

email messages blocked

More than 7 million email messages are blocked monthly due to sender reputation. On average, 50 percent of the 24 million email messages received from external senders are blocked monthly, for the safety of our network and email users.

* | Tags: Innovation USPS Fact #694 | March 9, 2021

Petabytes of Storage

92.5

petabytes of storage

The Postal Service has 92.5 petabytes of storage capacity — equivalent to playing more than 234,177 years of songs on an MP3 player with no repeats.

* | Tags: Innovation USPS Fact #690 | March 9, 2021

First Known Female Postmaster

First Female

postmaster

The first known female Postmaster in the United Colonies was Mary Katherine Goddard, Baltimore, MD, 1775.

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U.S. Postal Service History

USPS

An American History

More information about the Postal Service can be found in The United States Postal Service: An American History at about.usps.com/who-we-are/postal-history/welcome.htm

* | Tags: History USPS Fact #687 | March 9, 2021

African American Postmasters

1860

African American Postmasters

African Americans worked as Postmasters, clerks and carriers beginning in the 1860s — 100 years before the Civil Rights era brought wider opportunity in the American workplace.

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Women Postmasters

WOMEN

postmasters

Women served as Postmasters in this country more than a century before they won the right to vote.

* | Tags: History People USPS Fact #685 | March 9, 2021

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

1.7 billion

pounds of food

Every year, the Postal Service and the National Association of Letter Carriers hold the largest one-day food drive in the nation. In 2020, the food drive was cancelled due to the pandemic. The program has collected more than 1.7 billion pounds of food since the campaign began in 1993.

* | Tags: Common good USPS Fact #683 | March 9, 2021

Dog Bite Prevention

5,800

employee attacks

National Dog Bite Prevention Week. Thousands of carriers deliver to homes with dogs every day. The Postal Service promotes safety initiatives and shares prevention tips to protect employees and customers from dog bites. In 2020, more than 5,800 postal employees were attacked by dogs in 2,270 cities.

* | Tags: Common good USPS Fact #681 | March 9, 2021

Carrier Alert Program

CARRIER

alert program

If mail carriers notice something unusual, such as uncollected mail, at an at-risk customer’s home, the employee will alert emergency personnel.

* | Tags: Common good USPS Fact #680 | March 9, 2021

New Deal Murals and Sculptures

1,400

murals and sculptures

More than 1,400 murals and/or sculptures from President Roosevelt’s New Deal Programs are in our Post Offices around the nation.

* | Tags: History Stamps USPS Fact #678 | March 9, 2021

Five murals were featured on First-Class postage stamps in 2019

Size and Scope

POSTAL

size and scope

The U.S. Postal Service delivers more mail than any other post in the world. The Postal Service serves 161.4 million addresses in the country — covering every state, city and town. Everyone living in the United States and its territories has access to postal products and services and pays the same for a First-Class Mail postage stamp regardless of location.

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Newest Post Office

NEWEST

post office

Power, MT (59468), built in 2019. This is the first Post Office built using shipping containers.

* | Tags: Marketing/Retail USPS Fact #666 | March 9, 2021

Veterans

73,000

Veterans

Veterans. The Postal Service employs nearly 73,000 military veterans, making it one of the largest employers of veterans in the country. The organization has also issued more than 140 stamps honoring the nation’s military history, including the Service Cross Medals stamps.

* | Tags: People Size & scope Top facts USPS Fact #660 | March 8, 2021

Data driven

DATA

driven

The Postal Service uses data not only to ensure its operations run smoothly, but also to help businesses make better use of the mail. Its mission is to provide the right information to the right people in real time using advanced technology.

* | Tags: Innovation Size & scope USPS Fact #654 | March 8, 2021

Technology-enabled

TECHNOLOGY

enabled

The Postal Service uses a vast network of people and advanced technologies to collect, process, transport and accurately deliver the nation’s mail in an increasingly digital world.

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Empowered Workforce

EMPOWERED

workforce

The Postal Service invests more than $590 million in training its workforce. The organization encourages employees to take advantage of self-paced career development by offering 7,600 online courses and 26 educational partnerships offering discounts towards degree and certification programs.

* | Tags: People Size & scope USPS Fact #652 | March 8, 2021

Resilient

RESILIENT

and adaptable

The Postal Service has a long and storied history of creating new technologies for the American people — enabling faster, more efficient communication and safer, more secure delivery of correspondence and merchandise. For nearly two-and-a-half centuries, it has adapted to meet the evolving needs of its customers.

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Self-sufficient

SELF

sufficient

As an independent establishment of the executive branch, the Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations. Since it is not funded by annual appropriations from Congress, it is not subject to government shutdowns.

* | Tags: Size & scope USPS Fact #650 | March 8, 2021

Customer-focused

CUSTOMER

focused

With more than 34,000 retail locations, more than 10 million daily visits on usps.com and delivering to 148.6 million residences and 12.8 million businesses at least 6 days a week, the Postal Service is committed to providing a positive customer experience.

* | Tags: Size & scope USPS Fact #649 | March 8, 2021

Universal

UNIVERSAL

service

Everyone living in the United States and its territories (Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa and Mariana Islands) has access to postal products and services and pays the same for a First-Class Mail postage stamp regardless of their location.

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Patently the Best

PATENTLY

the best

Patently the best. The United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued more than 400 patents to the Postal Service

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Leaving Our Mark

475

domestic trademarks

Leaving a mark! The Postal Service has 475 domestic and 966 foreign trademark registrations.

* | Tags: Innovation Size & scope USPS Fact #646 | March 8, 2021