Area codes 214, 469, and 972

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214, 469, and 972 are the North American telephone area codes for Dallas, Texas and most of the eastern portion of the Metroplex.

The main area code, 214, was one of the original area codes established in October 1947. It originally covered the entire northeastern quadrant of Texas, from Fort Worth to the border with Arkansas and Louisiana. In 1954, Tarrant County was combined with much of the eastern portion of area code 915 to form area code 817. In 1990, the entire eastern portion was split off as area code 903.

The 1990 split was intended as a long-term solution, but within five years 214 was close to exhaustion due to the rapid growth of the Metroplex as well as the popularity of cell phones, fax machines and pagers. To solve this problem, area code 972 was created on September 14, 1996 by splitting the suburban portion of the old 214 territory from Dallas County. Within only two years, however, both 214 and 972 were on the verge of exhaustion. To solve the problem, area code 469 was introduced on July 1, 1999 as an overlay for most of the eastern portion of the Metroplex. At the same time, 972 was converted into an additional overlay for the entire region—effectively erasing the 214-972 boundary. The result was three area codes overlaying the same area, and ten-digit dialing required for all calls.

Counties served by these area codes:

Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman, Navarro, Rockwall and parts of Tarrant

Towns and cities served by these area codes:

Addison, Allen, Anna, Arlington, Avalon, Bardwell, Blue Ridge, Carrollton, Cedar Hill, Celina, Cockrell Hill, Colleyville, Combine, Copeville, Coppell, Crandall, Dallas, DeSoto, Duncanville, Elmo, Ennis, Euless, Farmers Branch, Farmersville, Fate, Ferris, Flower Mound, Forney, Forreston, Frisco, Garland, Glenn Heights, Grand Prairie, Highland Park, Highland Village, Hutchins, Irving, Italy, Josephine, Kaufman, Lancaster, Lavon, Lewisville, Little Elm, Lucas, Maypearl, McKinney, Melissa, Mesquite, Midlothian, Milford, Murphy, Nevada, Oak Leaf, Palmer, Pecan Hill, Plano, Princeton, Prosper, Red Oak, Rice, Richardson, Rockwall, Rosser, Rowlett, Royse City, Sachse, Scurry, Seagoville, Sunnyvale, Talty, Terrell, The Colony, University Park, Venus, Waxahachie, Westminster, Weston, Wilmer and Wylie. In addition, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport is served by area code 972.

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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: 430/903, 940
West: 254, 682/817, 940Area codes 214/469/972East: 430/903
South: 254, 430/903