Telephone Area Codes
An area code is part of a telephone number in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. It is the part of the telephone number after the county code. For example, in the number 1-201-888-8888, the 1 is the country code (for the United States), and 201 is the area code. An area code is typically assigned to a state, city or region.
On January 1, 1947, the first North American area codes were issued in regions where standard 7 digit dialing codes were scheduled to be exhaused the soonest. By adding a 3 digit prefix to a 7 digit local number, this allowed for hundreds of millons of new phone numbers to be issued. The North American Numbering Plan Administration (NANPA) is reponsible for further divisions or adjustments to current area codes.
In the US and Canada, a local call can still be completed by dialing the seven-digit telephone number. To make a direct dial local call, depending on your calling area you may have to dial:
- Seven-digit telephone number
- Area code + seven-digit telephone number
- 1 + area code + seven-digit telephone number
Each state in the USA, each province in Canada, and certain island countries and territories (primarily in the Caribbean) are assigned one or more area codes, based on phone service requirements. Other area codes are dedicated to toll-free service and specialized telephone services. When making long distance phone calls between cities with differing area codes, callers must dial one ("1") plus an area code before dialing the seven-digit phone number.
All of the area codes below are in the North American country code +1 (US, Canada, and various Caribbean-ish islands). The area codes of 800, 888, 877, 866, 855, 844, 833 and 822 are toll free numbers. They can be located anywhere in US or Canada.