Market Comparisons

Market Comparison #1 - Residents Per Post Office


Consumer Postal Council
Number of Residents Per Post Office

Long lines at the post office got you down?   In this first in a new series analyzing data on national postal markets, it is noted that consumers in the world’s largest economies are served by widely-varying frequencies of postal retail networks.

Russia's post offices serve the fewest people, on average, among the countries in the U.S. Consumer Postal Council's Index of Postal Freedom, while Kenya's serve the most, according to an analysis of Universal Postal Union data.

The United States ranks near the middle, with approximately 8,400 people per post office. This figure has increased by 5 percent over the past five years, and the U.S. Postal Service has embarked on a strategy to close thousands more post offices in the coming years.

The average Russian post office has 3,502 consumers. Russia has both the largest land mass among nations as well as one of the world's lowest population densities, so it is not surprising that its 40,000-odd postal outlets serve the fewest people per outlet.

France, Mexico, Hungary, and Portugal followed Russia with the fewest people per post office.

The average Kenyan post office serves nearly 15 times more people – nearly 52,000. That's 20,000 more people than any other country featured in the Index. Chile, China, Egypt, and Spain rounded out the countries with the most people per post office.

Most countries, 18 of 23 analyzed, saw the average number of people per post office increase between 2004 and 2008. Kenya, Great Britain, and China posted the largest such growth over this period, at 29 percent, 24 percent and 18 percent, respectively.

See graph below.

Source: Universal Postal Union

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