Area code 803

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Area code 803 is the area code for most of central South Carolina. It is anchored by Columbia, the state capital. It also includes most of the South Carolina portions of the Charlotte (North Carolina) and Augusta (Georgia) metropolitan areas.

803 is one of the original 86 North American Numbering Plan area codes assigned in 1947. Until 1995 it was South Carolina's only area code.[1] In 1995, the Upstate was split off as area code 864.[citation needed]

This was intended as a long-term solution, but within two years 803 was close to exhaustion once again due to rapid growth in Columbia and the coastal region, as well as the proliferation of cell phones, pagers and fax machines. To solve this problem, in 1998 the coastal region became area code 843.[citation needed]

Since available numbers in the area code are limited because portions of it are in the Charlotte and Augusta LATAs, 803 is expected to run out of numbers again in 2017.[2]

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South Carolina area codes: 803, 843, 864
North: 704/980
West: 864, 706/762, 478 area code 803 East: 843
South: 478, 912, 843
North Carolina area codes: 252, 336, 704, 828, 910, 919, 980
Georgia area codes: 229, 404, 470, 478, 678, 706, 762, 770, 912

Coordinates: 33°45′N 80°54′W / 33.750°N 80.900°W / 33.750; -80.900