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Area code 909 is a California telephone area code that was split from area code 714 on November 14, 1992. Western Riverside County was split off from 909 into area code 951 on July 17, 2004. Originally on that same date, the area retaining the 909 area code was to be overlaid by a new area code 752. However, this overlay plan was shelved prior to the 909/951 split, and area code 752 was returned to the NANPA numbering pool to be assigned at a later date. 909 still covers small portions of Corona, Riverside, and Moreno Valley, which are in Riverside County.
In 2004, KROQ-FM released a charity album entitled Christmas Time in the 909, which included a track of the same name by Greenbrier Lane.
In 2010, former All-Pro NFL lineman Kyle Turley released his debut Southern Rock album from his Gridiron Records label with the song "909", in which Turley pays homage to his hometown of Moreno Valley, CA, which up until 2004 was in the 909 and had been since 1992.
On September 22, 2013, the Los Angeles Times published an article reporting that visitors from the Inland Empire were being held responsible by residents of Huntington Beach for causing riots that took place there in July (even though an insignificant proportion of those arrested actually came from addresses with a 909 area code). The article noted that the noun "909-er" had entered the local popular culture as a term of abuse, partly in consequence.
|California area codes: 209, 213, 310/424, 323, 408/669, 415, 442/760, 510, 530, 559, 562, 619, 626, 650, 657/714, 661, 707, 747/818, 805, 831, 858, 909, 916, 925, 949, 951|
|West: 626||area code 909||East: 442/760|
|South: 951, 657/714|