Area Code 409

Where Is Area Code 409?

Updated: November 23rd 2018

Area code 409 is the area code for a portion of Southeast Texas. Area code 409 is located in the Central Time Zone and covers 9 counties of Texas. Area code 409 was put into effect on March 19, 1983, and was created from a split of area code 713. In 2000, area code 409 was split to form area codes 936 and 979.

Beaumont is a city in Southeast Texas and the county seat of Jefferson County. Situated on the west bank of the Neches River, Beaumont is about 30 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico and about 85 miles east of Houston. Beaumont is one of three cities that form the Golden Triangle, a major Gulf Coast industrial center. Beaumont has a humid subtropical climate, characterized by hot, humid summers and mild winters. Beaumont is subject to hurricanes; Hurricane Ike was the most destructive and costliest hurricane to hit the city. Going back in history, Noah Tevis and his wife developed a farm on the Neches River in 1824. In 1835, Henry Millard and two other businessmen purchased the Tevis’ land and the nearby community. As a result, Beaumont was founded in 1835 and incorporated as a town in 1838. Beaumont was a small center for ranchers and farmers until the late 19th century when it became an important lumber and rice-milling town. In 1892, Joseph Eloi Broussard founded the first commercially successful rice mill in Texas and created an irrigation system to support rice agriculture. Following the rise of Beaumont's mill economy, many immigrants flocked to the city and the city was served by several railroads. Beaumont's population peaked in 1901 with the discovery of oil at Spindletop; Spindletop was the first major oil field in American history. During World War II, tens of thousands of rural Texas residents migrated to Beaumont to work in the defense shipbuilding industry.

Beaumont has a population of 118,296 and the racial makeup of the city is 47.3% African American, 39.8% White, 13.4% Hispanic, and 3.3% Asian (2010 Census). The high crime rate makes Beaumont a dangerous city to reside in.

Much of Beaumont’s economy is centered on the Port of Beaumont, the fourth-largest seaport in the United States and one of the largest military seaports in the world. Downtown Beaumont is the city’s central business district and cultural center. Downtown is home to Crockett Street, an entertainment complex that features bars, restaurants, and nightclubs. Lamar University is Beaumont’s only state university. The largest annual event in Beaumont is the South Texas State Fair, the second-largest fair in the state. Points of interest in the city include the McFaddin-Ward House Museum, the Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum, the Fire Museum of Texas, the Beaumont Botanical Gardens, the Jefferson Theatre, and the Parkdale Mall.

Major Cities In Area Code 409

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Galveston

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Galveston is a city on Galveston Island in Texas and the county seat of Galveston County; Galveston Island is a barrier island on the Texas Gulf Coast. Galveston is approximately 50 miles southeast of Houston and can be accessed from the mainland by Interstate Highway 45. Galveston has a humid subtropical climate, characterized by hot, humid summers and mild winters; hurricanes are an ever-present threat during the summer and fall season. Galveston has a population of 47,743 and the racial makeup of the city is 62.5% White, 31.3% Hispanic, 19.2% African American, and 3.2% Asian (2010 Census). Unfortunately Galveston is a dangerous city to reside in. Much of Galveston's economy is centered on finance, health care, tourism, the University of Texas Medical Branch, and the Port of Galveston. The Port of Galveston is the fourth busiest cruise ship homeport in America; two Royal Caribbean ships and three Carnival ships call the port home year-round. Galveston is a popular tourist destination, attracting a little over 6 million visitors annually. Located in downtown Galveston is the Strand Historic District, a major tourist attraction and the city’s shopping and entertainment center. The largest annual event in the city is Mardi Gras! Galveston, the third largest Mardi Gras celebration in America. Points of interest in the city include the Bishop's Palace, the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum, the Galveston Railroad Museum, the Moody Mansion, the Moody Gardens, and the Galveston Island State Park.

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