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Old 06-06-2008, 08:45 PM
 
Location: Elko County, Nevada
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As I'm accumulating my data for my move to Vegas, I am struck by the numerous amount of zip codes. I have visited the Las Vegas Valley several times, and it doesn't strike me as being such a large area that there need to be nearly 60 zip codes. I currently live in a town of 120,000 people, and we only have two zip codes.

I'm just curious about this, and I would love to hear this one explained.

Thank you all.
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Old 06-06-2008, 09:21 PM
 
Location: Kingman AZ
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can you explain anything the post office does????????
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Old 06-06-2008, 09:32 PM
 
Location: Elko County, Nevada
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can you explain anything the post office does????????
Good point, friend, but it still it strikes me as an oddity. Don't even get me started on the "Forever" stamp, which was just changed. The government has us right where they want us. It cost me almost $80 to fill up my Tacoma today (I'm parking that thing). Damn, I better inflate the tires in my old bicycle. Different thread, perhaps, but still...

Thanks to the forum. Explain it please!
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Old 06-06-2008, 09:44 PM
 
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i'm guessing being that vegas was built up relatively recently, the post office planned better and developed smaller zones for zip codes to simplify sorting and distribution. alot of suburbs in older cities in the midwest and east probably still have zip codes that were laid out when the area was undeveloped.
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Old 06-06-2008, 11:09 PM
 
Location: NW Las Vegas - Lone Mountain
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zip codes are subdivided for the convenience of the post office. The PO does it any way they want. There are for instance 10,000 sub codes in each zip. In many of the zip code breakups this number may have been threatened with being used up. The PO also appears to have some size limits on how many addresses in a zip code.

Wikipedia has a right up on the subject for those who would know more.
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Old 06-07-2008, 01:04 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
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That is curious. Even when we had less than 200,000 we still had several zip codes. I just assumed it was because it's a large area, not to mention the 2 million people. At 2.3 people per residence, that's over 850,000 residences. Got any actual figures on that olecapt? But then my little ole home town that went from one zip code for 30,000 people, is up to two zip codes for only 14,000 people.
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Old 06-07-2008, 01:27 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
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After reading the Wikipedia explanation it must be because there are 21different post offices around the area and the last two numbers designate the one where you'd pick up mail held by the post office. In my case it's Red Rock Vista on Tenaya near Vegas Drive. But some of them serve more than one ZIP. I think there are something like 52 ZIPs in the area. But some serve entities have their own ZIP, like Nellis AFB, or UNLV. I think Citibank even has it's own ZIP for "The Lakes". That way people that think bad thoughts about Las Vegas won't be offended that their payment is going here; they think it's going to some town called "The Lakes", which doesn't exist.
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Old 06-07-2008, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Kingman AZ
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The post office took them to task for using "The Lakes" as their address a few years ago....dont know if it did any good or not.....

But it's the same with Summerlin and Green Valley and Lake Las Vegas.....they are just another developement in the LAS VEGAS metropolitan area.....if they don't wanna use LAS VEGAS, then move
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Old 06-10-2008, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Henderson, NV 89012
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Cheyenne, Wyoming has 50k people and 6 zip codes but Ft. Collins, CO has 150k people and 4 zip codes. It makes no sense to me either.
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