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 dialing code in Washington for the cities 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 currently serves the western half of Pierce County, Washington as well as southern King County.

The area code went into 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 in order to be associated with the relatively wealthy Eastside, which includes Bellevue. Renton was successful in that effort. However, South Puget Sound cities, such as Tacoma, are proud of the separate identity bestowed by "the 253."

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