Area Code 681

Where Is Area Code 681?

Updated: September 28th 2017

Area code 681 is the area code for the entire state of West Virginia. Area code 681 is located in the Eastern Time Zone and covers all 55 counties of West Virginia. Area code 681 was put into use on March 28, 2009, and was created as an overlay of area code 304.

Located on the Ohio River at the mouth of the Guyandotte River, Huntington is the second most populous city in West Virginia and the county seat of Cabell County. Huntington has a humid subtropical climate, characterized by warm, humid summers and short, cold winters. Going back in history, Collis P. Huntington and Delos W. Emmons established the planned city of Huntington in 1871. Huntington was created as a hub for the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway on a tract of land west of the mouth of the Guyandotte River. In the early years, Huntington was the second American city to have an electric streetcar line. Huntington continued to prosper until the Ohio River flood of 1937, which caused millions of dollars in damage and left more than 25,000 people homeless. By 1950, the population started to decrease due to the decline of the steel and manufacturing industries. Beginning in the late 1980s, Huntington was able to adapt to the collapse of the region's steel industry and remain a viable city.

Huntington has a population of 49,138 and the racial makeup of the city is 86.9% White, 8.5% African American, 1.4% Hispanic, and 1.1% Asian (2010 Census). Unfortunately the high crime rate makes Huntington a dangerous city to reside in.

Before deindustrialization, Huntington had a prosperous economy based on steel processing, shipping, manufacturing, and transportation. The collapse of the region's steel industry forced the city to grow its economic base to include high technology, health care, finance, retail, education, and tourism. Marshall University is one of the largest employers in the city and its athletic teams dominate Huntington's sports scene. Huntington Prep is a basketball-focused college preparatory school that is currently among the top ten basketball programs in the nation. Several miles east of Huntington is the Huntington Mall, the largest mall in West Virginia. Before the mall opened in 1981, there were no other businesses around it; today the mall averages $400 million in retail trade. Pullman Square is a lifestyle center in downtown Huntington that features numerous restaurants, shops, and entertainment options. Huntington is home to numerous annual events throughout the year including the West Virginia Hot Dog Festival, the Huntington Music & Arts Festival, the Huntington Dogwood Arts and Crafts Festival, and the Rails & Ales Festival. Huntington is home to eleven public parks, with Ritter Park being the crown jewel of the public park system; the American Planning Association named the park as one of the 10 Great Public Spaces in 2012. Ritter Park is one of the busiest places in Huntington and features an award-winning rose garden and playground, a dog park, and numerous lengthy walking and cycling trails. Another popular place in the city is Camden Park, a 26-acre amusement park that contains more than thirty rides and attractions. Other points of interest in the city include the Heritage Farm Museum and Village, the Huntington Museum of Art, the Museum of Radio and Technology, the Keith-Albee Theatre, and the Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

Major Cities In Area Code 681

Charleston

Huntington

Morgantown

Parkersburg

Wheeling

Situated along the banks of the Monongahela River, Morgantown is the third most populous city in West Virginia and the county seat of Monongalia County. Morgantown is located 75 miles south of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and is just south of the Mason–Dixon line. Morgantown has a population of 29,660 and the racial makeup of the city is 89.7% White, 4.1% African American, 3.4% Asian, and 2.6% Hispanic (2010 Census). Morgantown is best known for being home to the West Virginia University; each year from September through May, the university adds several thousand seasonal residents to the city. Points of interest in the city include the Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium, the WVU Coliseum, the Morgantown Farmers Market, and the West Virginia Botanic Garden.



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