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North American area code 213 is a Californian telephone
area code which contains downtown Los Angeles and its
immediate environs. Geographically speaking, it is one of the
smallest area codes in the nation, stretching over only a few
square miles.
It was one of California's original three area codes created in
October 1947, and stretched from the southern portion of the
Central Valley to the Mexican border. Due to California's
burgeoning population, however, it has been split numerous
times.
The first split came in 1951, when most of the southern
portion became area code 714. In 1957, 213 was restricted to
Los Angeles County, with most of the old 213's western
portion becoming area code 805. In 1984, the San Fernando
Valley became area code 818--thus making Los Angeles the
first major city in the nation to be split between two area
codes. In 1991, West Los Angeles and the South Bay
became area code 310. The 213 area code was reduced to
its current size in 1998, when practically all of the old 213
territory outside of downtown became area code 323, which
now surrounds 213.
The area code historically has been associated with Southern
California and Los Angeles. Area code 213 is referenced in
Warren G and Nate Dogg's song "Regulate" Dr. Dre's "Still
D.R.E.," and the Electric Six song "I'm the Bomb."

                                                                     Map of Californian area codes in blue (and border states) with 213 in
See also                                                             red; prior to 1951, all of the area shown in inset 2 was area code 213

   List of California area codes
   List of NANP area codes
   North American Numbering Plan

External links
   NANPA Area Code Map of California
   California Public Utilities Commission's "Report on the 213 Area Code
   List of exchanges from AreaCodeDownload.com, 213 Area Code
               California area codes: 209, 213, 310, 323, 408, 415, 424, 442, 510, 530, 559, 562, 619, 626, 650, 657,
                                661, 707, 714, 747, 760, 805, 818, 831, 858, 909, 916, 925, 949, 951
                                                               North: 323
                          West: 323                          area code 213                           East: 323
                                                               South: 323



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