Area code 863

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863 is the telephone area code in Florida which covers the Heartland, as well as Polk County in Central Florida. Some of the larger and more notable cities in the 863 area code include Lakeland, Bartow, Winter Haven, Lake Wales, Sebring, Clewiston, Arcadia, Poinciana and Okeechobee City. Because the area code has no overlays, it is not required to dial the area code when dialing from one location in the area code to another.

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Area code 863 covers the total area of the following counties: Polk, Hardee, Highlands, Glades, and Hendry. Almost the entire area of De Soto and Okeechobee counties are in the 863 area code as well. A tiny, nearly unpopulated area of St. Lucie county is also in the 863 area. Area code 863 is also Florida's first land-locked area code.

History[edit]

The region currently belonging to Area code 863 was originally part of Area code 305, which covered the entire state of Florida. In 1953, the state of Florida split into three Area codes, the original being retained in the Southeast coast, Area code 904 allocated to Northern Florida, and Area code 813 given to the southwest coast including the current 863 area, as well as the entire southwest Florida coast, including the Tampa Bay area. The 813 area code was untouched for 43 years until 1996 when the 13 counties outside of the immediate Tampa Bay area (all but Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Pasco counties) were given the Area code 941. In 1999, the 863 area code took its current form as the coastal counties of the 941 Area code kept 941, while the rest were given the new 863 area code.

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Florida area codes: 239, 305, 321, 352, 386, 407, 561, 727, 754, 772, 786, 813, 850, 863, 904, 941, 954
North: 321/407, 352
West: 813, 941 Area code 863 East: 561, 772
South: 239, 754/954