From the report:
To better understand the changing dynamic of traditional mail use among Americans and look closer at the local peculiarities of mail use, the OIG has analyzed mail volume of 3-digit ZIP Code areas, larger regions, and statewide areas, considering characteristics of the residents, population density, and income.
- The overall rate of mail volume decline has slowed substantially in recent years.
- For all mail categories in this study, volume declines vary widely by state and region, but the difference between the highest- and lowest volume states is narrowing.
- States and regions with lower volumes are also generally showing the slowest rates of decline.
- Business-to-consumer (B2C) mail like FCMPresort and Marketing Mail continues to be important to the Postal Service, making up 78 percent of total mail volume in 2015.
- Residents of high-income areas receive substantially more FCM-Presort and Marketing Mail per adult.
- Residents of rural areas receive less FCM-Presort and Marketing Mail per adult than residents of other areas, especially higher-density suburbs.