I'm trying to extract the state from the address fields. the format is this: street, ST where street is the name of the street and ST is the state initials from 2 letters. most of the time the following code works but there are instances where it returns the 2 letters starting with the second position.

code: select substr(column, locate(',','column')+2,2) from table

example where it doesn't work. Sturgis, MI . for this example it returns the string 'tu'

Any idea why is acting like this?

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Kent OlsenDBACommented:
Hi se_1581,

I suspect that there are a couple of typos in your SQL, as there is certainly 1.  (Column shouldn't be quoted.)

If the state initials are always the last two characters (and the column is a VARCHAR), use the RIGHT function.

  SELECT right (column, 2) as state FROM table;

Good Luck,

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se_1581Author Commented:
It worked great, the quotation was the problem.


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