Area codes 272 and 570
Area codes 570 and 272 are telephone area codes serving the northeast quadrant of Pennsylvania, including the cities/towns of Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Williamsport, Stroudsburg, East Stroudsburg, Pittston, Carbondale, Hazleton, Clarks Summit, Towanda, Bloomsburg, Sayre, Tunkhannock, Berwick, Milford, Montrose, Honesdale, Mount Pocono, Nanticoke, Tamaqua, Mahanoy City, Sunbury, Jim Thorpe, as far south as Pottsville and as far west as Lock Haven. 570 is the main area code, while 272 is an overlay covering the same territory as 570.
In 2009, it was projected that 570 would run out of numbers in the third quarter of 2011. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission considered four options—an overlay plan and three split plans. All but one of the splits would have left Scranton and Wilkes-Barre, the two largest cities in the 570 territory, within the same area code. On July 15, 2010, the PUC decided the new area code, 272, would be implemented as an overlay. 272 officially entered service on March 28, 2013. Ten-digit dialing became mandatory in northeastern Pennsylvania on September 21, 2013. The implementation of 272 means that the only parts of Pennsylvania that haven't been overlaid are the Susquehanna Valley (717) and west-central Pennsylvania (814). In 2015 there were 11 available prefixes in 570. In February 2017 there was just 1; since May, 0.
Locations that use 570/272
Locations are approximate. Area code 570/272 may only cover a portion of these counties, and it may spill into neighboring areas not listed. Bradford County, Carbon County, Centre County, Clinton County, Columbia County, Dauphin County, Juniata County, Lackawanna County, Luzerne County, Lycoming County, Monroe County, Montour County, Northampton County, Northumberland County, Pike County, Potter County, Schuylkill County, Snyder County, Susquehanna County, Sullivan County, Tioga County, Union County, Wayne County, Wyoming County
Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Hazleton, Pottsville, Kingston, Williamsport, Stroudsburg, Pittston, Jim Thorpe, Sunbury, Shamokin, Mt. Pocono, Tunkhannock, Tamaqua, Lansford, Orwigsburg, Avoca, East Stroudsburg, Nesquehoning, Dallas, Montoursville, Elysburg, Shenandoah, Portland, Frackville, Hallstead, Towanda, Honesdale, Great Bend, Brodheadsville, Carbondale, Sayre, Clarks Summit, Plains, Mountain Top, Mahanoy City, West Hazleton, Drums, Nescopeck, Berwick, Lake Wallenpaupack, Tannersville, Milford, Weatherly, Tamaqua, Pine Grove, Susquehanna Depot, Freeland, Moscow
- Denise McCracken (March 28, 2013). "PUC Announces Ten-Digit Dialing Procedures Begin in 570 Area Code". pa.gov. Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.
|Pennsylvania area codes: 215, 223, 267, 272, 412, 484, 570, 610, 717, 724, 814, 878|
|West: 814||area codes 570 and 272||East: 845, 862/973, 908|
|South: 484/610, 717|
|New Jersey area codes: 201, 551, 609, 732, 848, 856, 862, 908, 973|
|New York area codes: 212, 315, 332, 347, 516, 518, 585, 607, 631, 646, 680, 716, 718, 838, 845, 914, 917, 929, 934|