Area code 218

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218 is the North American telephone area code for the northern part of the state of Minnesota. It is one of Minnesota's original two codes, although it has been modified since inception. By area, the region is the largest area code in Minnesota, covering roughly the northern half and including the cities of Duluth, Hibbing, Brainerd, Bemidji, Fergus Falls, and Moorhead.

According to a 1947 map of the North American Numbering Plan (NANP), the 218 region was originally "r"-shaped and covered about two-thirds of Minnesota. Area code 612 covered the remaining southeastern portion. The shape of 218 was modified to roughly coincide with its current shape in 1954 when the original 218's southwestern portion was combined with the southern portion of 612 to form area code 507, which stretched across the southern fifth of Minnesota. A very minute change in the 1990s brought the Northwest Angle into the 218 area after being part of Bell Canada's Clearwater Bay exchange in Area code 807.

Due to northern Minnesota's low population density, the region was unaffected in 1996 when the 612 area was subdivided. Today, area code 320--the former western portion of 612--runs the length of the southern border with 218, and the 612 area code has been reduced in size so much that it now just covers Minneapolis proper and a few nearby suburbs.


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Minnesota area codes: 218, 320, 507, 612, 651, 763, 952
North: 204, 807
West: 701 218 East: 534, 715, Lake Superior
South: 320
Manitoba area codes: 204, 431
Ontario area codes: 226, 249, 289, 343, 365, 416, 519, 613, 647, 705, 807, 905
Wisconsin area codes: 262, 414, 608, 715, 920
North Dakota area codes: 701