More than 44.7 percent of all postal retail sales in Washington State now occur somewhere other than a Post Office retail counter, reported the United States Postal Service today.

That's 8.4 points above the national average of 36.3, and ranks the state 11th nationally.

The number of customers using alternate means to purchase postage and mail packages, whether online at usps.com, a contract postal unit or a self-service kiosk, also continues to grow.

Excluding the state's 654 remaining Post Offices, postage stamps are sold at 1,528 locations in Washington, many of these being sites that consumers already frequent. The USPS also operates 59 self-serve kiosks in the state, as well as services like Stamps by Mail, Stamps by Phone, and usps.com.