*putrid: To broaden AWB’s comment on mailing addresses, they have no direct relation to municipality limits whatsover. You could live in town A and have your mail delivered by the post office in town B and vica-versa. New York and Los Angeles each have three post offices. There are untold other cases of one post office serving several incorporated towns. And a good number of post offices serve no town but simply the neighboring farm land. *
Thanx for explaining it better, Pute.
To make matters more confusing in Virginia. I live in Fairfax county, about 1/2 mile from the Alexandria City line. My mailing address in Alexandria, because the ZIP code I live in is partway in Alexandria and partway in Fairfax Co. Not too confusing.
But then there two ZIP codes south of Alexandria and completely in Fairfax Co. whose mailing “city” is still Alexandria. It was only just recently, the USPS decided that it is now permissable to use the branch name for the mailing “city”: Engleside (22309) and Community (22306).
Once I moved to a new townhouse in 22306. The office of the community (in one of the model homes) had a painted sign listing the ammenities of the community, including a bus stop for Metro buses and DASH buses. But DASH buses are the City of Alexandria’s. I pointed this out to the office manager, and she said, "But I see DASH buses pass here all the time.
“Are they white with yellow & red stripes?” I asked.
“Those are Fairfax Connector buses. DASH is only in the city of Alexandria. We’re 6 miles from there.” She got a little ashen, realizing she’d paid big bucks for a painted sign that was wrong.