This page lists all active United States and Canadian Area Codes and is updated on a regular basis. To obtain more information about a specific area code, click on the area code below. Some area codes are from countries and terriorities located near the United States, such as Barbados and the Carribean Islands.
An area code is a three-digit number that is used to designate a specific geographical region in the United States and Canada. It is placed in front of a seven-digit phone number to make a complete phone number. For example, the area code for a phone number in New York City is 212, and the complete phone number would be 212-555-1212. Area codes are used to route phone calls to the correct location, and each area code can be assigned to multiple cities or regions. Some area codes are specific to a single city or state, while others cover a larger area.
As of 2023, there are approximately 317 area codes in the United States and Canada, in addition to an additional 18 non-geographic area codes totalling 335 area codes. The exact number of area codes can vary as new ones are created and existing ones are split to accommodate population growth and changes in telecommunications technology. The North American Numbering Plan (NANP), which is the system used for telephone numbering in the United States and Canada, assigns area codes to specific regions and assigns telephone numbers within those area codes.
Every area code page contains specific information about the area code itself, including additional information such as:
Time Zone: The current time zone for the area code.
Parent NPA: Some areas have overlapping area codes. If an area code geographically contains multiple smaller geographic regions that have their own area code, then the larger area code is considered the parent.
Relief Planning in Progress: Indicates that NANPA is in the process of assigning new area codes to the geographical area due to heavy usage.
In Service Date: The date that the area code was established by NANPA.
Example of two area codes, one parent (602) and one child (480). In this instance, 602 was the original area code for the region until it was expanded to cover additional geographical range.
A scammer can spoof any area code when they place an outbound call. For this reason, you should be cautious when you recieve a call from any phone number that you don't recognize. With this in mind, there are a few area codes that have a higher likelihood of being associated with spam and scam callers. This is usually due to the geographical location of the caller using one of these area codes. For example, calls from the Carribean are highly likely to be associated with spam and scam calls.
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