Area code 561

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Area code 561 is the telephone area code serving Palm Beach County, Florida. It was created on May 13, 1996 in a split from area code 407.

The creation of 561 was intended as a long-term solution. However, within only five years, 561 was close to exhaustion once again due to rapid growth in the Palm Beaches/Treasure Coast region and the proliferation of cell phones. The supply of numbers was further limited because all of South Florida from the Treasure Coast to the Florida Keys is a single LATA, meaning numbers in Miami's 305/786 and Fort Lauderdale's 954/754 weren't available for use. To solve the problem, in 2002 the northern part of 561 (the Treasure Coast) became area code 772.

Despite the Palm Beaches' continued growth, 561 is nowhere near exhaustion; the Palm Beaches will not need another area code until early 2028.

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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: 772
West: 863 area code 561 East: 242, Atlantic Ocean
South: 754/954
Bahamas area codes: 242