North Dakota may need to add a second area code by 2026.

According to KFYR-TVthere are only 11 states that have one area code - one of those states happens to be North Dakota. But it may not be all that long until our state adds a second area code. It is reported that "Numbers with a '701' area code are projected to run out by 2026." So, if you want an OG ND area code, you should get your number switched in the next couple of years.

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Did you think it would ever be possible for North Dakota to run out of area codes?

When I read about the possibility of a new area code for North Dakota, I immediately thought of the scene from the Sex and the City movie where Carrie Bradshaw says, “I’m a 917 gal!” when she got a new area code after tossing her phone in the ocean. I never understood why it pained her to get a new area code, but there is clearly some pride in possessing an original area code. Because, if I ever have to change my number again, I want it to be a (701) number!

When did area codes even become a thing?

One of my great uncle's "back in my day" stories was always one about how he remembered a time when there was no such thing as an area code. He was born in 1939 and area codes were not introduced until nearly 1950. According to, it was not until 1947 when AT&T introduced area codes to the United States and Canada.

How do you feel about North Dakota possibly getting a new area code in the next five years?

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