Should the word “state” or “states” be capitalized when referring to the United States or the 50 states that make up the U.S.?
- If you are referring to the U.S. you should capitalize as in this sentence: “I’ll be returning to the States next week.”
- Otherwise use lower case as in: “Each state has its own governor.”
David Plaut is the founder of Reference Point Software (RPS). RPS offers a complete suite of easy-to-use formatting template products featuring MLA and APA style templates, freeing up time to focus on substance while ensuring formatting accuracy. For more information, log onto http://www.referencepointsoftware.com/ or write to:
info @ referencepointsoftware.com
Reference Point Software is not associated with, endorsed by, or affiliated with the American Psychological Association (APA) or with the Modern Language Association (MLA).