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I remember when there were four area codes for the entire state of California. Now there are seven area codes just in the city of Los Angeles!

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EDIT 11:50am: Oops, I apparently was mistaken. I thought that the only area codes in California during the first few years of my life were 213, 415, 714, and 805. But apparently 408, 916, 209, and 707 all predate my birth, too.

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snobahr
Mar. 11th, 2015 06:12 pm (UTC)
Population growth.
ebenbrooks
Mar. 11th, 2015 06:29 pm (UTC)
Not just that. It's also cell-phone proliferation. L.A. has only five "zones" for area codes, but two of those zones have "overlays", meaning that two area codes are used for the same area. Usually the "overlay" is for an area code used for cell phones only.

Edited at 2015-03-11 06:29 pm (UTC)
rono_60103
Mar. 11th, 2015 07:43 pm (UTC)
According to Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_California_area_codes), the following were the original area codes assigned to California in 1947:
213
415
916

But the first split (714) was only in 1951. I keep being startled as to when 619 split off of 714 - I'd have expected longer ago then 1982.

When I lived in Palatine, IL from September 1989 until December 1997, I had the same phone number - except the area code changed twice: from 312 to 708 in 1989, and then to 847 in the mid 1990s.

And, given my years of employment in the cellular industry, you won't hear me complain about the proliferation of cell phones.
chorale
Mar. 11th, 2015 08:42 pm (UTC)
Yeah, TG for cell phones, but it's difficult to tell what's a long distance call any more. I guess it doesn't matter since so many carriers offer unlimited long distance calling now, but I'd like to have some idea of where the person I'm calling lives.
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