New York is full of a rich history that reaches deep into every corner of the state. You may think about the Statue of Liberty or Broadway when you think of this history, but the telephone numbers in New York are captivating on their own. Area codes divide the United States into separate regions, serve as geographic markers, and mitigate any confusion with phone numbers that may otherwise be duplicated. Do you know about the history tied to New York’s many three-digit area codes?
You’ll find only one or two area codes across entire states with low populations, but in New York, 19 area codes exist — five of which have been in service since 1947. Some of these numbers account for large portions of the state. For example, 315 covers Syracuse, Utica, Oswego, and other cities in north-central New York. The largest area code in the state, 518, includes 24 counties and 1,200 ZIP codes in eastern upstate New York.
Compare this arrangement to the 212 area code, which only covers most of Manhattan. In fact, this part of New York is so highly populated that four other area codes — 332, 646, 718, and 917 — overlay this small region. Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan are some of the most populated areas of New York City at 2.637, 2.339, and 1.645 million people, respectively, as of 2015, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Dig deeper into the state’s telenumeric history by exploring the following infographic on New York area codes presented by CheckThem.