You can tell a lot about a person from where they come from. If you’re from Mississippi, then you can tell a lot about a person by his or her area code. This is because the state has only four area codes, each of which corresponds to a different part of the state. The 601 area code is the oldest in the state. It was established in 1947, and additional area codes wouldn’t be used for another 50 years. It wasn’t until the cell phone boom of the late ’90s that the state had to expand its area code use. In fact, the rise of cell phones means many Mississippi residents had two phones: one mobile and one at home.
Today, the 601 and the 769 area codes cover the same area. Both numbers serve the Jackson, Hattiesburg, Laurel, and Newton areas. If you’re traveling around these cities, it helps to clarify which area code is needed because there’s no limit within the region. While the 769 is one of the biggest area codes, it’s also the newest and was debuted in 2005. According to the Pew Research Center, only 35 percent of Americans owned cell phones in 2010. Today, almost 80 percent of Americans own cell phones. This proves the need for additional area codes as cell phone use doubles.
These are just a few facts about area codes within the great state of Mississippi. Check out the infographic below by Check Them to learn more about phone numbers in this area. Knowing your area codes can help you track phone numbers and make sure a person really is calling you locally.