Area code 810

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Map of area code 810 in Michigan.

Area code 810 is a telephone area code serving southeastern Michigan, specifically all of Genesee County and Lapeer County, and parts of Oakland County, Macomb County, St. Clair County, Sanilac County and Livingston County.

Cities covered[edit]

History[edit]

Area code 810 was implemented on December 1, 1993, and was Michigan's first new area code since 1961. It originally served all communities north of Wayne County that were part of area code 313, including the northern suburbs of Detroit.

Only four years later, Oakland County was split off as area code 248. This led to a situation in which residents of southwest Macomb County could leave their area code area by traveling one or two miles westwards, but reenter it by continuing west for another 30 miles.

In 2001, when area code 586, including most of Macomb County, was split off from 810, only the northern communities of Macomb and Oakland counties remained served by 810.

Prior assignment[edit]

Area code 810, along with area codes 510, 710, and 910, was used before 1981 by AT&T for the TeletypeWriter eXchange (TWX) network. Canada's TWX was area code 610. The TWX usage for these US area codes was decommissioned in 1981 when Western Union, who had acquired the TWX network in 1969 from AT&T and renamed it Telex II, upgraded the network to 4-row ASCII operation. It previously used both 3-row Baudot and ASCII transmission.

In popular culture[edit]

Jimmy "B-Rabbit" Smith (Eminem) refers to area code 810 while free-styling as he fixes his car in the movie 8 Mile to insult "posers" who live in upperclass southern Oakland County suburbs (which was part of the area code in 1995 when the movie was set) instead of the lower income area code 313, which serves Detroit and Wayne County.

See also[edit]

Michigan area codes: 231, 248, 269, 313, 517, 586, 616, 734, 810, 906, 947, 989
North: 989
West: 517, 989 area code 810 East: 519/226, Lake Huron
South: 734, 248/947, 586
Ontario area codes: 226, 249, 289, 343, 365, 416, 519, 613, 647, 705, 807, 905