North Carolina is a southeastern state home to over 10 million people. It ranks 9th in total population density. The economy of this state is diverse, due to the prominence of hydroelectric power. North Carolina is also a leader in industry and agriculture.
There are currently 9 North Carolina area codes. The first, area code 704, was established in 1947 and covers south-central areas including Charlotte, Gastonia, Salisbury and Kannapolis. It originally served the entire state. In 1954, the it was split to create area code 919, which currently covers east-central areas including Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Clayton. It wasn’t until 1993 that it was split to create area code 910 which services southeastern cities such as Fayetteville, Jacksonville, Lumberton and Wilmington.
In 1997, area code 336 was introduced to cover north-central areas including Winston-Salem, Greensboro, High Point and Wilkesboro. In 1998, area code 828 was introduced to cover the Western and mountainous region of the state (includes all of the Blue Ridge Mountains). That same year, area code 252 was introduced to cover the northern parts of the state. Area code 980 was established in 2001 as an overlay. In 2011, overlay area code 984 was introduced to cover east central locations and most recently, overlay area code 743 was rolled out to over north-central areas.