More than 10 million people live in North Carolina, and the state uses nine area codes to support the population. Two area codes were added in the 1940s and 1950s, but the additional seven area codes were not established until after 1993. It always takes time for people to adjust to new area codes, but adding new ones is necessary as the population of a region grows — there are only so many numbers possible under one area code.
704 was the first area code used in North Carolina, and it was established in 1947. 704 now covers south-central North Carolina, including Charlotte, Gastonia, Kannapolis, and Salisbury. In 1954, area code 919 was created. It currently covers east-central North Carolina, including Chapel Hill, Clayton, Durham, and Raleigh. No new area codes were added until 1993 with the addition of area code 910. This covers southeastern North Carolina, including Fayetteville, Jacksonville, Lumberton, and Wilmington. In 1997, area code 336 was created. Then in 1998, area codes 828 and 252 were introduced. Overlay codes 984 and 743 were introduced in 2001 and 2011, respectively.
The following infographic from checkthem.com gives more information about area codes in North Carolina with facts and a complete area code timeline. Keep reading to learn more about the population growth in North Carolina and how new area codes were added to support the state.