Area code 609

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Area code map of NJ. 609 is in green.

Area code 609 serves telephones in southeastern and central New Jersey, including the cities of Trenton, Long Beach Island, Princeton, Hamilton and Atlantic City. In terms of geographic coverage, it is the largest in the state of New Jersey.

In the original North American Number Plan (NANP), all of New Jersey was served by area code 201, until it was split in 1958 to create area 609. This division informally created the public perception of the boundary between North Jersey, dominated by proximity to New York City and South Jersey with its proximity to Philadelphia and the Jersey Shore.[1]

In 1999, the southwestern part of area 609, the area adjacent to Philadelphia, was split off as area code 856. Since that time area 609 covers parts of Central Jersey, South Jersey and the Jersey Shore, and many parts of Burlington County. Area 609 includes portions of southern Middlesex County in Plainsboro, Cranbury, parts of South Brunswick (particularly Kingston) and the extreme southern part of Monroe.

National plan area 609 is expected to exhaust its number pool by the first quarter of 2016,[2] but there are no plans to overlay or split the area code, despite the area code being in 2 LATAs and the rapid population increase in the area. However, many numbers are protected, and releasing those could extend the relief date.[original research?]

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New Jersey area codes: 201, 551, 609, 732, 848, 856, 862, 908, 973
North: 732/848, 908
West: 215/267, 856 609 East: Atlantic Ocean
South: 302
New York area codes: 212, 315, 347, 516, 518, 585, 607, 631, 646, 716, 718, 845, 914, 917, 929
Pennsylvania area codes: 215, 267, 412, 484, 570, 610, 717, 724, 814, 878
Delaware area codes: 302

Coordinates: 39°58′16″N 74°34′12″W / 39.971°N 74.570°W / 39.971; -74.570