city names (dateline cities)

Do not abbreviate city names.

  • New York City, not NYC (New York is OK, on second reference).
  • Los Angeles, not LA.
  • San Francisco, not SF.

Exception: Abbreviations are OK in entry tags — NYC, SF, LA

DATELINE CITIES
Certain cities are so well-known that they do not need to be accompanied by state names. They are:

  • Atlanta
  • Baltimore
  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Cincinnati
  • Cleveland
  • Dallas
  • Denver
  • Detroit
  • Honolulu
  • Houston
  • Indianapolis
  • Las Vegas
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • Milwaukee
  • Minneapolis
  • New Orleans
  • New York
  • Oklahoma City
  • Philadelphia
  • Phoenix
  • Pittsburgh
  • St. Louis
  • Salt Lake City
  • San Antonio
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle
  • Washington: Because Washington is a dateline city that stands alone without the “D.C.,” writers using AP style often must clarify in text when they’re referring to “Washington state.”