Area codes 215 and 267

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Pennsylvania in blue with Area Code 215 shown in red. This map is clickable; click on a neighboring area code to go to the page for that code.

215 and 267 are the North American telephone area codes for the City of Philadelphia and the northern and eastern municipalities in Bucks and Montgomery Counties in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Area code 215 was one of the original area codes established in 1947 and originally included the entire southeastern part of the Commonwealth, from the Delaware border to the Lehigh Valley. Given the rotary dialing technology in use at the time, the North American Numbering Plan Administrator wanted to keep the number of "clicks" to a minimum for large cities.[1] For this reason, Philadelphia was given an area code with eight clicks.

On January 8, 1994, the area served by 215 was split. Most of its western portion--Philadelphia's southern and western suburbs, most of Berks County and the Lehigh Valley--changed to area code 610, while Philadelphia and its northern suburbs remained 215. (Three prefixes moved from 215 to 717 instead; they were 267 at Denver, 484 at Adamstown, and 445 at Terre Hill, with 215-267 becoming 717-336 because 717-267 was already in use. Notice that 267 and 484 were later used for overlay area codes in 215 and 610 respectively.)

This was intended as a long-term solution, but within two years 215 was close to exhaustion due to the rapid growth of the Philadelphia area and the proliferation of cell phones and pagers. The supply of numbers was further limited because the entire state of Delaware is part of the Philadelphia LATA, meaning several exchanges in Delaware's 302 weren't available for use. To solve the problem, overlay code 267 was established July 1, 1997. (Also, local calls across the Delaware/Pennsylvania border have been changed to 10 digits to remove some restrictions on prefix assignments.)

Area code 445 was proposed in July 2000 as an overlay with area codes 215 and 267.[2] However, these plans were delayed and then rescinded in 2003 by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.[3]

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215 is the original area code of Philadelphia, 267 was added in 1997.

The 215/267 area codes serve all or part of five counties in Pennsylvania.[4]

Places with over 30,000 inhabitants

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Pennsylvania area codes: 215, 267, 272, 412, 484, 570, 610, 717, 724, 814, 878
North: 484/610, 908
West: 484/610 215/267 East: 609
South: 856
New Jersey area codes: 201, 551, 609, 732, 848, 856, 862, 908, 973

Coordinates: 39°59′24″N 75°09′14″W / 39.990°N 75.154°W / 39.990; -75.154