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Published March 1, 2007

How does the U.S. postal system determine where to place the big blue public mail boxes?

U.S. Postal Service spokesman Michael Miles says boxes are placed strategically throughout an area based on need indicated by population and mail volume. As one might expect, there are more boxes in a major downtown area than in a less-populated rural area. The postal service periodically reassesses locations by looking at customer usage, Miles said.

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