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Parsing City and State From One Field

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I've read all of the post and I don't think this one has been answered.  I have a field that has CITY ST.  I need to break them out into two fields.  No commas just a space between CITY and ST.  I've already done the ST as that was the easy part.  Also, the solution needs to be something I can put into a query.  Thanks for your help.
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by:Rey Obrero
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try this query

select field,left([field],instr([field]," ")-1) as City, mid([field],instr([field]," ")+1) as State
from tableName
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by:DocB1973
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Thank for the quick reply.  It handles everything except when the city has more than one name.  Exp: Grand Rapids MI.
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Rey Obrero earned 500 total points
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ok try this

select field,left([field],instrrev([field]," ")-1) as City, mid([field],instrrev([field]," ")+1) as State
from tableName




for other fomats you will then need a UDF to do the parsing
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Fantasic!  Works like a charm.
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by:DocB1973
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Great job for something you think you know how to do but it turns out it's more difficult than you think.
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