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Old 09-24-2013, 12:15 PM
 
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I have a question about changing my city name and zip...
My Township, city and zip don't match up -meaning, my city name and zip belong to other surrounding townships, not the one I live in. Makes no sense to me. I believe we should be changed to the surrounding city/zip (all of the streets around me in my development are). Does anyone know if this can be changed and who would be contacted (township, USPS)? It is really annoying.

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Old 09-24-2013, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Drexel Hill/Lansdowne
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I'm curious as well. I live in Lansdowne and I have their zip code, yet I'm in Upper Darby Township, not Lansdowne borough. not really complaining, though....just curious
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Old 09-24-2013, 01:18 PM
 
Location: a swanky suburb in my fancy pants
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I was told by a Post office employee that you can use any address you want as long as you use the correct zip code. I live in Rydal in Abington Township 19046 and I have received mail addressed to Abington, Jenkintown, Meadowbrook, or Foxcroft Square . It depends on what computer you are talking to. You can change your address to Holland but you can't change your zip. Search on Zillow and I am sure you will find many of your neighbors have the same zip you do.
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Old 09-24-2013, 01:58 PM
 
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It is uncommon for township, city, zip code (and school system) to match in Pennsylvania. Most everyone understands that how you address an envelope for delivery around here is only a designation used by the post office.

The USPS site says 19053 is used for Upper Holland, Feasterville, Trevose, Langhorne, or Oakford.
It also says 18966 can be Southampton, Churchville, or Holland.

Ask your local post office for the defined zip code boundaries, particularly "Holland 18966" since that's what you want to use. Or try this: Pennsylvania Zip Code Boundary Map (PA)
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Old 09-24-2013, 02:03 PM
 
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I have a question about changing my city name and zip...
My Township, city and zip don't match up -meaning, my city name and zip belong to other surrounding townships, not the one I live in. Makes no sense to me. I believe we should be changed to the surrounding city/zip (all of the streets around me in my development are). Does anyone know if this can be changed and who would be contacted (township, USPS)? It is really annoying.
There would have to be an insane amount of reorganization by the USPS to make this happen for everyone in PA. Just accept that this is unlikely to change.

Why does this annoy you? Just think of your address and your municipality separately.
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Old 09-24-2013, 02:37 PM
 
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your city and zip simply refer to the physical location of the post office that serves you, not where you actually live. many towns/municipalities don't even have their own post office so it would be possible for them to always match.
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Old 09-24-2013, 02:38 PM
 
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I wonder how addresses in PA ended up this way? Afaik this isn't as much of an issue in SJ.

I'm guessing it's because historically boroughs and cities were much more prominent than townships (before sprawl happened) so townships tend to use the mailing address of the nearest borough/city.
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Old 09-24-2013, 02:53 PM
 
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I'm guessing it's because historically boroughs and cities were much more prominent than townships (before sprawl happened) so townships tend to use the mailing address of the nearest borough/city.
That's part of it, but also you have a lot of postal addresses that don't share a name with any municipality. "King of Prussia" would be a good example of this. It's a postal address that's named after a nearby inn, but there's no "King of Prussia" municipality. The address is mostly used in Upper Merion township.
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Old 09-24-2013, 04:33 PM
 
Location: South Jersey
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Happens in Jersey too. No big deal. My zip actually defaults to the next town over. We just use our correct town and zip code. No big deal we get all the mail properly
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Old 09-24-2013, 07:09 PM
 
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I think what annoys me the most is that I have to explain why the city and zip don't match - like when someone puts my address in GPS or the dr's office computer defaults the address to the wrong city. It is just bothersome to keep explaining...
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