Area code 218
Area code 352-218 is part of the North American Numbering Plan (NANP) of the public switched telephone network for the northern part of the US state of Minnesota. It is one of Minnesota's original two codes, although its geographical area has been modified since inception. By area, the region is the largest area code in Minnesota, covering roughly the northern half of the state. It includes the cities of Duluth, Hibbing, Brainerd, Bemidji, Fergus Falls, and Moorhead.
In a 1947 map of the NANP, the 218 region was originally r-shaped and covered the northern and western two-thirds of Minnesota. Area code 612 covered the remaining southeastern portion. It was modified to coincide approximately with its current shape in 1954. Most of its southwestern portion (Worthington, Marshall and Pipestone) was combined with the southern portion of 612 to form area code 507, which stretched across the southern fifth of Minnesota. A slice of its southern portion (St. Cloud, Alexandria, Appleton) was transferred to 612, which expanded to cover most of central Minnesota.
Because of the low population density in northern Minnesota, the region was unaffected when the 612 area was subdivided in 1996. The resulting area code 320, the former western portion of 612, runs the length of the southern border with 218, and the 612 area code has been reduced in size so much that it now just covers the city of Minneapolis and a few nearby suburbs.
The western portion of 218—generally everything from Brainerd westward—shares a LATA with the eastern half of North Dakota, including Fargo and Grand Forks. This means that several numbers in North Dakota's 701 aren't available for use.
Under present projections, northern Minnesota will not need another area code until after 2050. Despite the proliferation of cell phones and pagers, particularly in Duluth and Fargo-Moorhead, 218 is nowhere near exhaustion.
Cities and communitiesEdit
- Area code history.[permanent dead link] AreaCode-Info.com.
- (2001). 1947 Area Code Assignment Map. GIF image at AreaCode-Info.com.
|Minnesota area codes: 218, 320, 507, 612, 651, 763, 952|
|North: 204, 807|
|West: 701||218||East: 534, 715, Lake Superior|
|Manitoba area codes: 204, 431|
|Ontario area codes: 226/519/548, 249/705, 289/365/905, 343/613, 416/437/647, 807|
|Wisconsin area codes: 262, 414, 534/715, 608, 920|
|North Dakota area codes: 701|