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Area code 214

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214, 469, and 972 are the North American telephone area codes for Dallas, Texas and most of the eastern portion of the Metroplex.

The main area code, 214, was one of the original area codes established in October 1947. It originally covered the entire northeastern quadrant of Texas, from Fort Worth to the border with Arkansas and Louisiana. Given the rotary dialing technology of the time, the North American Numbering Plan Administrator wanted to keep the number of "clicks" to a minimum for densely populated areas. For this reason, Dallas-Fort Worth, which was well into a dramatic period of growth that continues to this day, was given an area code with seven clicks.

In 1954, most of Tarrant County was combined with much of the eastern portion of area code 915 to form area code 817. In 1990, the entire eastern portion was split off as area code 903.

The 1990 split was intended as a long-term solution, but within five years 214 was close to exhaustion due to the rapid growth of the Metroplex as well as the popularity of cell phones, fax machines and pagers. To solve this problem, all of the old 214's territory outside Dallas County was split off as area code 972. Within only two years, however, both 214 and 972 were on the verge of exhaustion. To solve the problem, area code 469 was introduced on July 1, 1999 as an overlay for most of the eastern portion of the Metroplex. At the same time, the 214-972 boundary was "erased," and 972 was converted into an additional overlay for the entire region. The result was three area codes overlaying the same area, with ten-digit dialing required for all calls.

Counties served by these area codes:

Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman, Navarro, Rockwall and parts of Tarrant

Towns and cities served by these area codes:

Addison, Allen, Anna, Arlington, Avalon, Bardwell, Bedford, Blue Ridge, Carrollton, Cedar Hill, Celina, Cockrell Hill, Colleyville, Combine, Copeville, Coppell, Crandall, Dallas, DeSoto, Duncanville, Elmo, Ennis, Euless, Farmers Branch, Farmersville, Fate, Ferris, Flower Mound, Forney, Forreston, Frisco, Garland, Glenn Heights, Grand Prairie, Highland Park, Highland Village, Hurst, Hutchins, Irving, Italy, Josephine, Kaufman, Lancaster, Lavon, Lewisville, Little Elm, Lucas, Maypearl, McKinney, Melissa, Mesquite, Midlothian, Milford, Murphy, Nevada, Oak Leaf, Palmer, Pecan Hill, Plano, Princeton, Prosper, Red Oak, Rice, Richardson, Rockwall, Rosser, Rowlett, Royse City, Sachse, Scurry, Seagoville, Sunnyvale, Talty, Terrell, The Colony, University Park, Venus, Waxahachie, Westminster, Weston, Wilmer and Wylie. In addition, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport is served by area code 972.

See also

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  • List of exchanges from AreaCodeDownload.com, 936 Area Code

External links

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  • List of exchanges from AreaCodeDownload.com, 214 Area Code
  • List of exchanges from AreaCodeDownload.com, 469 Area Code
  • List of exchanges from AreaCodeDownload.com, 972 Area Code
Template:Area code box/states
North: 430/903, 940
West: 254, 682/817, 940 Area codes 214/469/972 East: 430/903
South: 254, 430/903

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