Area code 253

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Map of Washington's area codes. Area codes highlighted in red is the location of the area code.

Area code 253 is a telephone area code in the North American Numbering Plan (NANP) for a part of the U.S. state of Washington, including the area south of Seattle and of the southern Puget Sound area, centered at Tacoma and extending to include the areas around Gig Harbor, Auburn, and Roy. It also serves the western half of Pierce County, as well as southern King County.

The area code commenced service on April 27, 1997, as part of a three-way split of area code 206. The other of the three is area code 425. In the lead-up to the switchover, John Keister, on his television comedy show Almost Live!, lampooned the fact that Renton wanted to join the 425 area code to be associated with the relatively wealthy Eastside, which includes Bellevue.[citation needed]

Area code 253 participates in the complex overlay plan of area code 564, which also encompasses area codes 206, 360, and 425.[1][2]

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  1. ^ NANPA Planning Letter 492 (2016-06-28)
  2. ^ Brown, Andrea (2021-03-23). "Meet area code 564: The new kid in town is gaining ground". The Everett Herald. Retrieved 2021-04-01.

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Washington area codes: 206, 253, 360, 425, 509, 564
North: 360, 206, 425
West: 360 Area Code 253 East: 360, 425
South: 360