How to search Craigslist postings for your state

Craigslist is a free classified ad listing service used by people all over the world. In the U.S., Craigslist is organized first by state and then by city or region. Craigslist doesn't offer an advanced search, and if you live outside of the major cities, you may have a difficult time finding listings that relate to your area. An external website provides you with other options for searching Craigslist.

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You can only search on Craigslist by state and city.

Searching on Craigslist

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Go to Craigslist.com. When you get there, you will need to select your state.

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You will be taken to another page that lists all of the cities, regions or sites in the state. Choose the one nearest to you.

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You will be taken to the Craigslist homepage for the city you selected and can now search that location based on the categories that Craigslist has created or by typing in the search field.

Searching on SearchTempest

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Go to SearchTempest.com.

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Click "Searching by distance from you" to search by zip code.

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Enter your zip code in the "Where" field. Use the drop-down menu to choose the distance from that zip code, ranging from 25 miles to an unlimited distance.

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Click "Choose states/cities manually" to search by these regions.

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Select at least one state from the list and click the right arrow to add it to your search. You may include multiple states.

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Add at least one city to the list by clicking the right arrow next to it. You may add more than one city, and can even choose to add them all to your search.

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Use the categories and sub-categories to narrow your results. Type your search terms in the "What" field and click the "Search" button.