Area Code 724

Where Is Area Code 724?

Updated: November 21st 2018

Area code 724 is the area code for Western Pennsylvania, including most of the suburbs of Pittsburgh. Area code 724 is located in the Eastern Time Zone and covers 14 counties of Pennsylvania. Area code 724 was put into service on February 1, 1998, and was created from a split of area code 412. On August 17, 2001, area code 724 was overlaid with area code 878.

New Castle is a city in Western Pennsylvania and the county seat of Lawrence County. New Castle is situated along the Shenango River and is 50 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. With two major professional fireworks companies founded and headquartered in New Castle, the city is nicknamed “Fireworks Capital of America.” Going back in history, John Carlysle Stewart traveled to Western Pennsylvania in 1798 to resurvey some lands that were set aside for veterans of the Revolutionary War. When Stewart discovered that 50 acres were not accounted for, he claimed the land for himself and laid out the town of New Castle during the same year. New Castle became the county seat of Lawrence County in 1849 and was incorporated as a city in 1869. The construction of the canal system in the early 19th century turned New Castle into an industrial center. At the start of the 20th century, the population swelled due to the immigrants that flocked to the city to work in the mills.

New Castle has a population of 23,273 and the racial makeup of the city is 83.2% White, 12.2% African American, 1.6% Hispanic, and 0.4% Asian (2010 Census). Unfortunately New Castle is a dangerous city to reside in.

Much of the economy is centered on downtown New Castle, which has recently undergone revitalization. Cascade Park is one of the city's oldest and best-known parks; annual events such as Cascade of Lights and Back to the 50's Weekend are held in the park. There are not many points of interest in New Castle so residents and tourists must drive an hour to Pittsburgh, which is full of activities and entertainment.

Greensburg is a city in Western Pennsylvania and the county seat of Westmoreland County. Part of the Pittsburgh metropolitan area, Greensburg is located 30 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. Greensburg lies within the Laurel Highlands and is named after major general Nathanael Greene. Going back in history, an inn was built along a wagon trail after the end of the Revolutionary War; a small settlement known as Newtown grew around the inn. In 1782, Seneca Indians burned down Hannastown, which at that time was the county seat of Westmoreland County. Newtown became the new county seat in 1785 and the first courthouse was built the following year. The area around the courthouse was named Greensburg and was officially incorporated in 1799. Greenburg had very little growth until the late 19th century and early 20th century when it became a railroad stop and large areas of soft coal were discovered nearby.

Major Cities In Area Code 724

New Castle

Greensburg

Butler

Washington

New Kensington

Greensburg has a population of 14,892 and the racial makeup of the city is 91.3% White, 4.8% African American, 1.5% Hispanic, and 0.8% Asian (2010 Census). The low crime rate makes Greensburg a safe city to reside in. Back then Greensburg was a railroad stop and the center of the coal mining industry in the region. Today the economy is centered on the downtown area, which is the center for service industries, business offices, and banking institutions. Known as a major cultural center in Western Pennsylvania, Greensburg is home to the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, a museum that focuses on the art of southwestern Pennsylvania, and the Palace Theatre, a theatre that has been a major force in Westmoreland County’s cultural scene since 1926. St. Clair Park is the most popular park in the city and is known for hosting the event SummerSounds, a free series of exciting concerts.


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