Area Code 206

Where Is Area Code 206?

Updated: September 25th 2018

Area code 206 can be found in Washington serving much of the Seattle metropolitan area. Area code 206 is located in the Pacific Time Zone and covers King County and Kitsap County. When area code 206 was put into service in 1947, it was one of the 86 original area codes created by AT&T. Area code 206 was split in 1957 to form area code 509 and split again in 1995 to form area code 360. The final split occurred in 1997 when area code 206 was split to form area codes 253 and 425.

Located on the eastern shore of Puget Sound in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle is the most populous city in Washington and the county seat of King County. Seattle is also the most populous city in the Pacific Northwest and roughly 100 miles south of the Canada–United States border. Surrounded by water, mountains, and an endless supply of lush, evergreen forests, Seattle is nicknamed the “Emerald City.” Seattle is one of the fastest growing major cities in the United States, which is fueled in part by the city’s technology industry. Seattle’s oceanic climate is generally quite temperate, meaning days that are unbearably hot and freezing cold are rare. Seattle has a reputation for frequent rain and for being the cloudiest city in the United States. While Seattle is generally safe from natural disasters such as tornadoes, it is at risk for earthquakes due to its location in the Pacific Ring of Fire, a major area where a large number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur.

Seattle has a population of 608,660 and the racial makeup of the city is 69.5% White, 13.8% Asian, 7.9% African American, and 6.6% Hispanic (2010 Census). Unfortunately the crime rate is so high that Seattle is among the top ten most dangerous cities in Washington.

When it comes to the economy, Internet and technology companies are the driving force of Seattle’s economy. Seattle is home to six Fortune 500 companies; Amazon and Starbucks were both founded in the city and are currently headquartered in the city. Founded in Seattle, aerospace manufacturer Boeing turned the city into a center for aircraft manufacturing, however Boeing has since moved its headquarters to Chicago. The Port of Seattle and Port of Tacoma merged in 2015 to jointly operate their cargo terminals; together they make up the fourth-largest port in North America in terms of container handling. The three major professional sports teams based in Seattle are the Seattle Seahawks (NFL), Seattle Mariners (MLB), and Seattle Sounders FC (MLS).

Major Cities In Area Code 206

Seattle

Shoreline

Burien

Des Moines

SeaTac

Offering a spectacular view of both the Cascade and Olympic Mountains, Discovery Park is a 534-acre natural area park that offers paved and rough trails, dramatic sea cliffs, open meadows, forest groves, and active sand dunes. The temperate, oceanic climate allows outdoor recreation such as cycling, walking, kayaking, swimming, rock climbing, and motor boating to be done year round. When it comes to entertainment, Seattle is the place to be. The biggest annual event in the city is Bumbershoot, Seattle's longest-lived music and arts festival. Bumbershoot features more than 2,500 visual and performing artists and attracts thousands of people from across the country, making it one of North America's largest and most-loved contemporary festivals. Another prominent annual event is the Seattle International Film Festival, one of the top film festivals in North America. Since Seattle has a large lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender population, it makes sense that the city hosts the largest free pride festival in the country. Seattle is best known for being home to the Space Needle, an observation tower that has become one of the most recognizable structures in the world. The Pike Place Market is a public market ran by many small farmers, craftspeople, and merchants; it is a top tourist attraction in Seattle and one of the oldest continuously operated public farmers markets in the United States. Points of interest in the city include the Chihuly Garden and Glass, the Museum of Flight, the Safeco Field, the CenturyLink Field, the Museum of History & Industry, the Woodland Park Zoo, and the Seattle Great Wheel.

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