Area Code 443

Where Is Area Code 443?

Updated: January 26th 2021

Area code 443 is an overlay code serving the eastern half of Maryland, including the Baltimore metropolitan area and the Eastern Shore. When the main area code 410 was close to exhaustion, area code 443 was overlaid onto area code 410 on July 1, 1997. By 2011, it was apparent that the overlay of area code 443 was not enough and therefore the overlay of area code 667 was put into effect on March 24, 2012.

Ellicott City is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in area code 443; it is also part of the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. The town was founded in 1772 and started as a milling industry. Brothers Andrew, John, and Joseph Ellicott established Ellicott’s Mills, which went on to become one of the largest milling towns in the East. By persuading farmers to plant wheat instead of tobacco, the brothers helped revolutionize farming in the area. Ellicott City is prone to flooding from the Tiber Creek and Patapsco River. These devastating floods occurred over many years and therefore majorly impacted the history of the town by destroying important businesses and killing many people.

Ellicott City has a humid subtropical climate, meaning relatively high temperatures and evenly distributed precipitation. Home to an estimated 65,834 people, the racial makeup of the town is 64.5% White, 22.9% Asian, 8.5% Black, and 3.5% Hispanic (2010 Census).

Ellicott City has a high percentage of Asians due to the large Korean population along the Route 40 corridor. What makes Ellicott City unique is the fact that it is the most haunted town in Maryland and perhaps the most haunted town on the east coast. Residents and tourists are able to go on a ghost tour to visit several places that are known for paranormal activity. Other tourist attractions include Centennial Park, Ellicott City Station, Shrine of St. Anthony, and Trolley Line Number 9 Trail.

Annapolis is a city in area code 443 and is the capital of Maryland. Being located 25 miles south of Baltimore and 30 miles east of Washington, D.C. makes Annapolis a part of the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. Annapolis has a humid subtropical climate, meaning hot, usually humid summers, mild to cool winters, and generous precipitation year round. Annapolis is not a major city, only home to an estimated 38,394 people (2010 Census). The racial makeup of the city is 60.1% White, 26% Black, 16.8% Hispanic, and 2.1% Asian (2010 Census). The top two employers in the city, minus state and local government, are the Anne Arundel Medical Center and the United States Naval Academy. Notable institutions include the Maryland State House, the United States Naval Academy, the Banneker-Douglass Museum, and St. John’s College. Historical wise, Annapolis was the location of the 1786 Annapolis Convention and the Annapolis Peace Conference.

Major Cities In Area Code 443



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Salisbury is a city in area code 443 and is the largest city in the Eastern Shore region. It is located near several major cities including Wilmington, Norfolk, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. Like Annapolis, Salisbury has a humid subtropical climate, however in winter Salisbury is subject to periods of much more intense cold and even infrequent blizzards. Salisbury is another small city, only home to an estimated 30,343 people (2010 Census). The racial makeup of the city is 55.7% White, 34.4% Black, 7% Hispanic, and 3.2% Asian (2010 Census). Salisbury is not a safe city to reside in; while there is a sign of decline in crime, the violent crime rate is still one of the highest in the nation. There are two major highways that serve Salisbury: U.S. Route 13 and U.S. Route 50. Headquartered in Salisbury is Perdue Farms, a billion dollar poultry corporation. Perdue Farms is the city’s top employer while the Peninsula Regional Medical Center is the second top employer. Museums and other historic facilities in Salisbury include the Salisbury Zoo, the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, the Poplar Hill Mansion, and the Salisbury University Arboretum. The oldest neighborhoods in the city showcase Victorian, Georgian, and Federal architecture. The city also celebrates local culture and art through two events: 3rd Friday and 1st Saturday. When it comes to sports, Salisbury has a strong history of supporting baseball; the city is home to the Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.

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