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Did you ever stop to think about the reason behind the ZIP code system and why the kids from Beverly Hills lived in the 90210 area and you didnt Well with evolution came the need for a more complete geographical coding system So zip codes were created to facilitate the United States mail delivery The ZIP Zone Improvement Plan is a 5-digit code that marks a specific geographical region in the US Made up of three parts the first digit 90210 represents the broad region in the country ranging from the number one in the Northeast to nine in the far West The second part of the code is composed of two digits 90210 that provide a more detailed breakdown of the area in question narrowed down by population masses and transportation systems that give access to sectional centers which is Post Office Department lingo for concentrated areas of population The last two digits 90210 making up the final part of the zip code represent the postal zones in larger cities and their assigned smaller post offices But before this elaborate geographical separation was adopted and as various ways of delivering mail were explored -- be it via railroads automobiles airplanes mules or even guided missiles -- it was clear that change was needed The constant increase in the amount of business mail accounting for about 80 of the total mail delivered by early 1963 accelerated the creation of the zip code as we know it which was implemented later that year on July 1st We tend to take many things that simplify our lives for granted and the zip code is up there with the rest But believe it or not many people are interested in understanding the logic behind it and how it came to be And you happen to be one of them Zip codes set a milestone in mail history If youve ever played the computer game SimCity for example
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