Area codes 281, 713, and 832

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North American telephone area codes 281, 713, and 832 serve Houston, Texas, and its environs.

The main area code, 713, was one of the original area codes established in October 1947. It originally covered the entire southeastern quadrant of Texas. On March 19, 1983, the area was divided: the Houston metropolitan area retained the 713 code, but the surrounding area changed to 409. On November 2, 1996, the 713 area was split, with most of the dividing line being Beltway 8. Landline telephones inside the beltway kept the 713 area code while those outside the beltway were assigned the new 281 area code.

This was intended as a long-term solution, but within two years both 281 and 713 were close to exhaustion due to Houston's rapid growth and the proliferation of cell phones. On January 16, 1999, area code 832 was created as an overlay for the entire combined area. The former 281/713 boundary was "erased", and 281 was also turned into an overlay; new phone numbers may be assigned as any of the three area codes regardless of physical location.

A yet-to-be-assigned fourth area code will likely be required in the region by 2014.[1]

Counties served by these area codes:

Towns and cities served by these area codes:

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Texas area codes: 210, 214, 254, 281, 325, 361, 409, 430, 432, 469, 512, 682, 713, 737, 806, 817, 830, 832, 903, 915, 936, 940, 956, 972, 979
North: 936
West: 979Area codes 281/713/832East: 409
South: Gulf of Mexico