Area code 616

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Map of area code 616 in Michigan.

Area code 616 is the area code for the west-central portion of Michigan, including Grand Rapids, and Holland and Grand Haven. It includes all of Kent, Ionia and Ottawa counties, and parts of neighboring counties.

616 was created in 1947 as one of the original area codes. It originally covered the western half of the Lower Peninsula, as well as the Upper Peninsula. It was by far the largest of Michigan's three original codes, covering as much territory as 313 and 517 combined. It was also the largest area code east of the Mississippi River that didn't cover an entire state. In 1961, the Upper Peninsula split off as area code 906. In 1999, the northwestern Lower Peninsula became area code 231, reducing 616 to cover West Michigan.

The 1999 split was intended to be a long-term solution for the region, but within two years 616 was already running out of numbers due to the proliferation of cell phones and pagers. In 2002, the lower third of the old 616 territory, including Kalamazoo and Battle Creek, became area code 269.

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Michigan area codes: 231, 248, 269, 313, 517, 586, 616, 734, 810, 906, 947, 989
North: 231
West: Lake Michigan, 262, 414 area code 616 East: 517, 989
South: 269