Area code 716

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The blue area is New York State; the red area is area code 716.

Area code 716 is a telephone area code in the North American Numbering Plan (NANP) for Buffalo, Niagara Falls, and four surrounding counties in western New York.

Area code 716 was one of the original North American area codes established in October 1947. Its numbering plan area (NPA) originally extended across significant portions of central New York, as far east as Corning. In 1954, area code 607 was created by merging the eastern portion of 716 with the southern portion of the NPA with area code 315.[1] In 2001, the new area code 585 was created for Rochester and its suburbs. Until 1993, it was bounded at the Niagara River by area code 416 (now 905) in Ontario.

Prior to October 2021, area code 716 had telephone numbers assigned for the central office code 988. In 2020, 988 was designated nationwide as a dialing code for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which created a conflict for exchanges that permit seven-digit dialing. This area code was therefore scheduled to transition to ten-digit dialing by October 24, 2021.[2]

A 2022 analysis by the NANP Administrator determined that area code 716 will exhaust its central office prefixes in 2024.[3] As a result, area code 624 will be added as an overlay of the 716 area sometime that year; the exact date has not yet been announced.[4]

Service area[edit]

The numbering plan area comprises the following counties:

Because of Olean's proximity to the 716/585 line, some Olean exchanges use area code 585, particularly those in use for Sprint Corporation cell phones.

Popular trivia[edit]

The Buffalo 716ers basketball team is named for the telephone area code. Telephone calls to God may be made to 776–2323, according to the movie Bruce Almighty (2003); that number was removed from the home video and television versions as, while it was (and remains) unassigned in Buffalo's area code 716, it was routinely misdialed in other area codes as a nuisance call to actual subscribers.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "New York Area Codes". Retrieved April 16, 2018.
  2. ^ "Transition to 10-digit dialing (for 988 as 3-digit access to National Suicide Prevention Hotline)" (PDF). North American Numbering Plan Administrator. January 8, 2021. Retrieved March 9, 2021.
  3. ^ "2022-1 NRUF and NPA Exhaust Analysis" (PDF). North American Numbering Plan Administrator. April 21, 2022. Retrieved April 24, 2022.
  4. ^ "716, meet your new area code: 624". Nexstar Media. October 19, 2022. Retrieved October 19, 2022.
  5. ^ Caro, Mark (March 29, 2011). "Hold the phone — that fake number works". Archived from the original on August 25, 2011. Retrieved April 16, 2018.

External links[edit]

New York area codes: 212/332/646, 315/680, 347/718/929, 516, 518/838, 585, 607, 631/934, 716, 845, 914, 917
North: 289/365/905, Lake Ontario
West: 289/365/905, Lake Erie area code 716 East: 585
South: 814
Ontario area codes: 226/519/548, 249/705, 289/365/905, 343/613, 416/437/647, 807
Pennsylvania area codes: 215/267/445, 223/717, 272/570, 412, 484/610, 724, 814/582, 878

Coordinates: 42°40′41″N 78°33′7″W / 42.67806°N 78.55194°W / 42.67806; -78.55194