Set Default State Field Value on WooCommerce Checkout Page

In this article, we will see how to set a default State value for the WooCommerce Checkout Page billing and shipping field(s). I saw this question asked in a WooCommerce Facebook group and like always, took the opportunity to research a solution and learn something new.

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Note: All examples in this post are part of a development/learning WooCommerce install using the default Storefront theme. PHP code is placed in the child theme’s function.php file. This particular solution works on Astra and OceanWP free themes as well.

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I’ve included the code for both the Billing and Shipping State fields (in case needed). In this example, I’m setting the State field dropdown selector to ‘LA’ for Louisiana:

add_filter( 'default_checkout_billing_state', 'custom_woo_default_checkout_billing_shipping_state' );

add_filter( 'default_checkout_shipping_state', 'custom_woo_default_checkout_billing_shipping_state' );

function custom_woo_default_checkout_billing_shipping_state()
return 'LA'; //your preferred state abbreviation goes here

(Note: The code would need to be altered if for some reason the Shipping and Billing states were not the same.)

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The Business Bloomer website has a goldmine of useful information about WooCommerce. I research solutions there all the time and used this article as grounds for a better understanding of this particular coding solution:

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Disclaimer: The majority of examples in this post, are performed in a personal development/learning workstation environment and should not be considered production quality or ready. Your particular goals and needs may vary. Like always, just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should. My opinions are my own.

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2 thoughts on “Set Default State Field Value on WooCommerce Checkout Page

  1. Thank you for sharing this helpful tutorial on setting a default state field value on the WooCommerce checkout page. It’s always great to learn new ways to customize the user experience and streamline the checkout process.

    Speaking of streamlining, have you checked out the Wholesale plugin for WooCommerce? It’s an all-in-one solution for managing wholesale orders, pricing, and customers, and it can save you a ton of time and effort if you sell to businesses or offer bulk discounts. We’ve been using it for our own store and it’s been a game-changer.

    If you’re interested, you can learn more about Wholesale Plugin here:

    Thanks again for the great content and keep up the good work!

    • Hi, Thanks for the comment and compliment. I’ve not yet heard about the mentioned plugin but will check it out at your suggestion. Thanks again for the comments and kind words. I appreciate it 🙏

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