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Its service area encompasses the following Kentucky counties (the boundary closely, but not exactly, tracks county lines):
Among the cities in the 859 area code, besides Lexington, are Nicholasville, Richmond, Danville, Covington, Versailles, Florence, Mount Sterling, Winchester and other parts of north central Kentucky, as well as most of the Kentucky side of the Cincinnati metropolitan area.
Conventional wisdom would have suggested that Lexington would have retained 606 in the 1999 split, as it was the largest city in the old 606 territory. However, the Kentucky Public Service Commission asked for 859 to be assigned to Lexington because Lexington is the home of the University of Kentucky, and the numbers 859 spell out "UKY" on a standard keypad. Also, it was decided the rest of the area would keep 606 to prevent a notoriously impoverished area from the added expense and burden of changing an area code.
|Kentucky area codes: 270, 502, 606, 859|
|North: 513, 937|
|West: 502, 812||area code 859||East: 606|
|Indiana area codes: 219, 260, 317, 574, 765, 812|
|Ohio area codes: 216, 234, 330, 419, 440, 513, 567, 614, 740, 937|
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