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206 is the North American telephone area code in the U.S. state of Washington for Seattle, the islands of Mercer, Bainbridge, and Vashon, and portions of metropolitan Seattle from Des Moines to Woodway.
Area code 206 was one of the original area codes created in 1947; at first, it covered all of Washington state. On January 1, 1957, area code 509 was created for the area east of the Cascades in a flash-cut. On January 15, 1995, most of the old 206 territory outside of the Seattle-Tacoma area split off to form area code 360 (one of the first two area codes not of N0X/N1X form).
This was intended to be a long-term solution, but within a year 206 was close to exhaustion once again due to the proliferation of cell phones and pagers. On April 27, 1997, 206 was reduced to its current size in a three-way split. The southern portion, including Tacoma, became 253, while the northern portion became 425.
|Washington area codes: 206, 253, 360, 425, 509|
|North: 425, 360|
|West: 360||Area Code 206||East: 425, 509|
|South: 253, 360|
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