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Look up which area codes belong to what state or region in the United States, and learn how to get a local phone number in these areas.
An area code denotes the regional location of a phone number within the United States. Currently, there are around 320 area codes, including overlays, in the USA according to the North American Numbering Plan (NANP). However, this count is by no means constant. In 1947, continental US started with about 78 numbering plan areas and underwent rapid expansion in the late 1990s to early 2000s. Overlay area codes were introduced to generate more phone numbers in areas with greater demand. Additional area codes are also planned to provide relief to regions with exhaust dates in the next four years. California has the highest number of area codes (35), followed by Texas (27) and New York (19).
Northeast US is comprised of 9 states — Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode island, Pennsylvania, and Vermont.
You can see some of the major area codes in this region marked in the map, here. However, the entire Northeast region is covered by 57 area codes. New York leads the pack with 19 area codes — important ones include area code 212, area code 646 — while states like New Hampshire, Maine and Rhode Island have only one area code each. Here is the complete list of area codes in the Northeast region:
Midwestern US (or north central United States) consists of 12 states — Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin . This region is served by 79 local area codes. Illionois has 14 area codes and Ohio has 13 while the states of North Dakota and South Dakota have one each.
Here is the full list of area codes in Midwestern US:
Southern United States, also popularly known as the South, boasts of the highest numbers of states as well as area codes. This region comprises of 16 states — Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia — and is served by a whopping 115 area codes! It is home to some prominent area codes like the 512 (Austin) and area code 281 (Houston).
Here is the complete list of area codes in the South:
Western United States is home to the West Coast and the Rocky Mountains. It is comprised of 13 states including Alaska and Hawaii. The other 11 states are – Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. The region is served by 68 area codes out of which 35 belong to the state of California. As you can see in the table below, we had to dedicate two full rows of the table to accommodate all of them! Washington claims a distant second spot with six area codes.
Also, you wouldn't find the area code of Washington DC in the list below. Washington DC is served by area code 202, which is one of the original area codes established under the North American Numbering Plan in 1947. If you need to dial the White House, now you know which area code to use.
Bad jokes apart, here is the complete list of area codes in Western United States:
You've gone through the different area codes in the United States, but what do these numbers really mean? Phone numbers in the United States typically consist of 11 digits — the 1-digit country code, a 3-digit area code and a 7-digit telephone number. The 7-digit telephone number is further comprised of a 3-digit central office or exchange code and a 4-digit subscriber number. The country code of USA is +1. It is unique for every country. Area codes are of two types — local and toll-free. 800, 844, 855, 866, 877, and 888 are the different toll-free codes. All the remaining area codes represent the geopgraphic region to which a phone number belongs. The central office code denotes the telephone exchange to which the phone number is mapped. The last four digits, the subscriber number, is unique to each telephone line in the area served by the associated central exchange. These four digits are typically used by businesses to provide vanity numbers that offer great top-of-the-mind recall.
Like we said, area codes represent the regional location of a phone number, ergo, your business phone number is a direct indicator of where you are located. The location of your business contributes to how your customers get in touch with you, or even perceive you. With a local phone number, your regional customer base can contact you without incurring extra charges. You may also use regional area codes to highlight your physical location if your business is based out of a sought-after neighborhood.
Alternately, if a bigger chunk of your audience is present in a different city, you can establish a virtual local presence there by signing up for that specific area code. It works both ways! It gets even better if your local phone number is a virtual phone number. You can be location-agnostic, device-agnostic, and still run a local business for your customers.
With local virtual phone numbers, you can scale up the size of your operations to more areas without expanding your infrastructure.
Why incur more charges with only international toll-free phone numbers? Spend less with a local phone number while receiving calls.
If your business has a phone number with a local area code, you can get featured in local directories and business listings.
International phone numbers could alienate your local customers. Local phone numbers make your business appear more approachable.
Your customers don’t have to spend money, making long distance calls to talk to you. It is easier and cheaper on local phone numbers.
You can also mask your primary business number with a local area code like the 512 or 646, while making outgoing calls.
You can virtually set up shop anywhere in the US by signing up and purchasing local phone numbers on Freshdesk Contact Center. Freshdesk Contact Center is a modern phone system that businesses can use for both inbound and outbound calling. Once you sign up, you can buy more than one virtual phone number from a single area code or multiple area codes of your choice. You can also purchase toll-free phone numbers and vanity phone numbers from Freshdesk Contact Center. On completing the purchase, you have to recharge your phone credits to make or receive calls. You can even port in your existing phone numbers and continue using them on Freshdesk Contact Center.
Freshdesk Contact Center offers local phone numbers with area codes under the NANP from the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.
You can sign up for phone numbers from over 90 countries on Freshdesk Contact Center. Some of the key areas include UK, Australia, and Netherlands. As already mentioned, you can sign up for toll-free phone numbers and vanity phone numbers too.
On Freshdesk Contact Center, local phone numbers with USA area codes will cost you just $1 per month for unlimited number of users. Here is a detailed look at our phone call and phone number rates.
Yes, of course. To make things easier, you can even port in your old number to Freshdesk Contact Center. All you need to do is, drop an email to email@example.com. Our team will answer all your queries and take care of all the porting procedures.
There is no limit on the number of people using a phone number. Freshdesk Contact Center enables you to set up multiple shared lines on the same number. You can sign up for the pricing plan that suits your business the most.
You have to share the full name of the authorized user, phone numbers to be ported, service address, signed Letter of Authorization (LOA), and a scanned or electronic copy of the most recent phone bill.
Sign up for your virtual phone number on Freshdesk Contact Center (Formerly Freshcaller).
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