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Remember the days of an operator connecting your phone call, or a designated prefix for your neighborhood’s phone number? Those days are long gone as our area’s population has grown dramatically and technology has advanced. In the 1970s and into the 1980s, fax machines and pagers gobbled up many available phone numbers and Washington state went from just the 206 area to adding the 509 and 360 area codes.

Demand for more phone numbers kept soaring, and the 425 and 253 area codes were born as we moved through the 80s and into the 1990s. And now, Washington’s new area code – 564 is here!

Usually, a new area code stamps out new turf on the map of area codes. But not anymore! The new 564 area now overlays the 360, 206, 425, and 253 area codes of Western Washington. This change also made ten-digit dialing mandatory.

The new area was originally approved in 2000, but was not implemented until July 2017. The 564 area code was also originally planned as an overlay of just the 360 area code. Yet, the recent sharp rise of new residents and demand for new phone numbers as more people transition to mobile phones has exhausted nearly all available phone numbers in these four Western Washington area codes.

So far, 564 area code phone numbers have been issued only in 360 area code areas since that area code ran out of available phone numbers. Available 425, 206, and 253 area code phone numbers are expected to be spent within the next few years, and use of the 564 area code will expand into those areas as well.

Expect more local residents and businesses to have the new 564 area code in the months and years ahead. Technology and an expanding population will require it.

See this link for detailed information: WA State Utilities Commission

North Sound Meteorologist Ted Buehner worked more than 40 years for the National Weather Service (NWS) from 1977 to 2018. He is now an Everett Post Media team member. Together with Everett Post Weather Minute Podcasts, he provides morning and afternoon commute traffic and weather updates on both KRKO and KXA Radio, and sports reporting on KRKO.