Area code 716
Area code 716 is a telephone area code in the North American Numbering Plan (NANP) for western New York state. The numbering plan area (NPA) includes the city of Buffalo, and the surrounding area, including Niagara Falls.
Area code 716 was one of the original North American area codes established in October 1947. Its numbering plan area originally extended across significant portions of central New York, as far east as Corning. In 1954, area code 607 was created by merging the eastern portion of 716 with the southern portion of the NPA with area code 315. In 2001, the new area code 585 was created for Rochester and its suburbs. Until 1993, it was bounded at the Niagara River by area code 416 (now 905) in Ontario.
The Buffalo 716ers basketball team is named for the telephone area code. Telephone calls to God may be made to 776-2323, according to the movie Bruce Almighty (2003); that number was removed from the video & television versions as, while it was (and remains) unassigned in Buffalo's area code 716, it was routinely misdialled to other area codes as a nuisance call to actual subscribers.
- Erie County (includes city of Buffalo and surrounding suburbs)
- Cattaraugus County (includes city of Olean)
- Chautauqua County (includes cities of Jamestown and Dunkirk)
- Niagara County (includes Niagara Falls and Lockport)
Because of Olean's proximity to the 716/585 line, some Olean exchanges use the 585 area code (particularly those in use for Sprint Corporation cell phones).
|North: 289/365/905, 416, 647, and 437 Lake Ontario|
|West: 289/365/905, Lake Erie||area code 716||East: 585|
|Ontario area codes: 226/519/548, 249/705, 289/365/905, 343/613, 416/437/647, 807|
|Pennsylvania area codes: 215/267/445, 223/717, 272/570, 412, 484/610, 724, 814, 878|