LincMad Telephone Area Codes & Splits

A mnemonic (nee-MON-ic) is a simple trick to assist in remembering something not directly related. For instance, HOMES for the names of the Great Lakes. Telephone mnemonics often use the letters on the telephone dial to spell words. Many of the mnemonics below were intentional, but a few were undoubtedly accidents.


LincMad's Area Code Mnemonics

Code Mnem. Area Notes
(223) ACE PA: Harrisburg (circa 2017) State gov't is ACE? (also ABE, BAD, CAD)
224 BAH IL: north sub's of Chicago BAH humbug if you're not a VIP
229 ABY GA: southwestern AlBanY; also BAY
234 BEG OH: Akron, Canton, Youngstown Please can we have a new code?
242 BHA Bahamas BaHAmas, or bAHAmas
246 BIM Barbados local nickname for Barbados
253 ALE WA: Tacoma Lots of brew pubs?
264 ANG Anguilla (Caribbean)  
268 ANT Antigua (Caribbean)  
269 ANY MI: Kalamazoo Give us ANY old number! (also AMY, BOW, BOX, BOY, COW, COX, COY)
276 ARM VA: southwestern Keep us at ARM's length from D.C.!
(283) ATE OH: Cincinnati (circa 2019) Cincy ATE up all the 513 numbers
284 BVI British Virgin Islands  
289 AUX ON: Toronto suburbs secondary code (also BUY)
321 FL: Space Coast, Cape Canaveral 3-2-1-blastoff!
323 FAD CA: downtown Los Angeles The epicenter of trendiness
346 DIM TX: Houston We take a DIM view of new numbers?
347 DIP NY: NYC except Manhattan Take a DIP in the East River!
352 FLA FL: Gainesville, Ocala  
364 DOG KY: Paducah This DOG'll hunt?
386 FUN FL: Daytona Beach Spring Break!
424 GAG CA: coastal L.A. County icky overlay cancelled (but reinstated!)
425 HAL WA: Redmond all-powerful computer run amok
(428) HAT NB: whole province, circa 2019 You can hang up your HAT in New Brunswick!
435 HEL UT: rural areas incl. HELper, Utah
437 HER ON: Toronto The Queen's City, never know when HER majesty might visit
443 HID, GIF MD: Baltimore You should've HID that GIF!
(447) HIS IL: Champaign, Springfield What's HIS phone number?
456 I-56 Int'l inbound 56K  
463 IND IN: Indianapolis  
469 HOW TX: Dallas HOW many area codes?
473 GRE Grenada (Caribbean)  
475 IRK CT: southwestern New code will annoy some
484 HUG PA: Phila. suburbs You've got a friend in PA!
562 Lo B CA: Long Beach  
563 JOE IA: Quad Cities We're average JOEs
(564) LOG WA: western, outside Seattle metro timber industry
573 LSD MO: Columbia, Jefferson City incl. state capital
575 KQJ NM: Las Cruces, Taos, 👽Roswell🚀 Little green men can't spell!
623 MAD AZ: west Phoenix area angry about the 3-way split?
626 MAN CA: Pasadena Man, oh, man! Do you play the OBOe?
627 NAP CA: Napa and Sonoma Counties NAPa
636 MEN MO: St. Charles, suburbs of St. Louis Real men don't use 314?
639 NEW SK: whole province Saskatchewan has a NEW area code!
646 MHN NY: Manhattan NYC ManHattaN; Not In My 212
647 MIS ON: Toronto should've given this one to MISsisauga
649 MIX Turks & Caicos (Caribbean) most numbers are 649-946-xxxx
662 MOB MS: northern the MOB demanded a new number
664 Mo I Montserrat Island (Caribbean)  
678 Mr T GA: Atlanta The A-Team lives in Atlanta?
684 MUG American Samoa souvenir for your coffee?
(726) SAN San Antonio SAN antonio
732 SEA NJ: Jersey Shore  
743 SHE NC: Greensboro, Winston-Salem SHE gets what she wants!
747 SIR CA: San Fernando Valley (NW Los Angeles) Yes, SIR!
754 FL: Fort Lauderdale overlay of 954 & 754
758 S Lu St. Lucia (Caribbean)  
763 SOD MN: suburbs north of Minneapolis Get this sod off my lawn!
767 ROS Dominica (Caribbean) capital is ROSeau
772 SPA FL: Vero Beach coastal resorts
779 SPY IL: Rockford, Joliet Sooper-seekrit overlay?
784 SVG St. Vincent & the Grenadines (Caribbean)  
786 SUN FL: Miami/Dade  
787 Pt R Puerto Rico  
832 TEC TX: Houston Houston has high-TECh TEA?
843 TID SC: Charleston, coastal THE Tidewater?
847 VIP IL: north suburbs of Chicago  
858 ULT CA: La Jolla (late 2018: also San Diego) It's the ULTimate!
859 UKY KY: Lexington, Covington Univ. of Kentucky
865 VOL TN: Knoxville U. Tenn. VOLs (Volunteers)
867 TOP Yukon, NWT, Nunavut (northern Canada) TOP of the world
868 TnT Trinidad & Tobago (Caribbean)  
869 TOY St. Kitts & Nevis (Caribbean) an area code is not a TOY
872 USA IL: Chicago (312 & 773)  
(879) TRY Newfoundland & Labrador (circa 2018) TRY to wait for the overlay
925 WAL CA: Walnut Creek, Livermore also 925=Y2K
929 WAY NY: NYC except Manhattan 🎼 Do you know the WAY to Staten Island?
936 ZEN TX: Huntsville I've a YEN for the ZEN
937 YES OH: Dayton Say YES to 937!
938 YET AL: Huntsville There aren't YET any WET YETis in Alabama
947 ZIP MI: Pontiac, Troy No, these are area codes!
949 WHY CA: south Orange County WHY split 714??
979 WRY TX: College Station Aggies have a WRY sense of humor?
(986) WUN Idaho (2017-09-05) WUN the lottery? Secretly part of WTO?

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