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Do you capitalize the word "state" when saying, "In Washington State, individuals who are unemployed may apply for treatment through DSHS."

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  • Capitalize state is it stands for the US (I'm returning to the States, or if it's an official title (Secretary of State), when it's part of a nickname (the Nutmeg State) and if it follows the name of the state itself in an institution (Washington State University). It can but need not be capitalized following the name of the state otherwise (the landslide in Washington state vs in Washington State - this is about 50-50). So your example is perfectly acceptable. Mar 24, 2014 at 2:33

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The state of Washington prefers "Washington State", and New York uses "New York State". In informal applications, it's unlikely to be a big deal if you don't capitalize "state". People will almost certainly know what you mean regardless.

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  • Well, your Washington link doesn't really provide any information (that I could see), and the Department of Transportation in Washington, at least, doesn't prefer "State": wsdot.wa.gov/communications/…. May 7, 2021 at 16:18

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