Area Code 769

Where Is Area Code 769?

Updated: October 21st 2018

Area code 769 serves central Mississippi. Area code 769 was put into place on March 14, 2005, as an overlay of area code 601; it is Mississippi’s first overlay area code. Area code 769 is located in the Central Time Zone and covers 38 counties of Mississippi.

Hattiesburg is located in Mississippi and is the county seat of Forrest County. Hattiesburg’s nickname is “The Hub City.” Going back in history, the area was first inhabited by the Choctaw Native Americans. In 1805, the Treaty of Mount Dexter was signed between the United States and the Choctaw Native Americans. After the Choctaws left the land, European-American settlers moved into the area. In 1882, William H. Hardy founded the city, which he named Hattiesburg in honor of his wife Hattie. Hattiesburg was then incorporated as a city in 1884. Starting in 1884, multiple railroads ran through the city, which in turn ushered in the lumber boom in 1897. In 1912, the city was nicknamed “The Hub City,” because the city was the junction of a number of important rail lines. During the 1960s, Hattiesburg played an important role in the civil rights movement. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit Hattiesburg very hard. Today Hattiesburg has a population of 45,989 and the racial makeup of the city is 52.8% African American, 40.5% White, 4.3% Hispanic, and 0.9% Asian (2010 Census). Based on the crime rate, Hattiesburg is not a safe city to reside in. Hattiesburg has a humid subtropical climate, meaning hot, humid summers and short, mild winters. Points of interest in Hattiesburg include the Hattiesburg Zoo, the Paul B. Johnson State Park, the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum, the African American Military History Museum, and the Turtle Creek Mall. Hattiesburg is also home to the University of Southern Mississippi and the William Carey University.

Meridian is the county seat of Lauderdale County and is the sixth largest city in Mississippi. Going back in history, the area was first inhabited by the Choctaw Native Americans. In 1830, the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek was signed between the United States Government and the Choctaw Native Americans. Richard McLemore was the first settler while Lewis A. Ragsdale and John T. Ball were the founders of the city. Meridian was a strategic trading center and was incorporated as a city in 1860. In 1864, much of the city was burned to the ground during the Battle of Meridian. Rebuilt after the war, the city experienced a “Golden Age” from 1880 to 1910. The railroads in the city caused a population boom, which in turn increased commercial activity. Between 1890 and 1930, Meridian was the largest city in Mississippi and was the leading hub for manufacturing in the South. During this same time period, historic buildings such as the Grand Opera House, the Wechsler School, and the Threefoot Building were built.

Today Meridian has a population of 41,148 and the racial makeup of the city is 61.55% African American, 35.71% White, 1.75% Hispanic, and 0.95% Asian (2010 Census). Like Hattiesburg, Meridian has a high crime rate and therefore is not a safe city to reside in.

Early on, Meridian’s economy was based on the railroads and the goods that were transported on them. More recently, the economy is based around healthcare, military, manufacturing, and retail. When it comes to the arts, the city is known for more than a century of arts. Meridian contains several recreational parks, including Okatibbee Lake, Bonita Lakes, and Highland Park. Points of interest in Meridian include the MSU Riley Center, the Dentzel Carousel, the Jimmy Rodgers Museum, and the Mississippi Industrial Heritage Museum.

Major Cities In Area Code 769

Jackson

Hattiesburg

Meridian

Pearl

Madison

Madison is located in Madison County in Mississippi and is currently the highest income city in Mississippi. The city was named after James Madison, the fourth President of the United States. Madison has a population of 24,149 and the racial makeup of the city is 85.49% White, 10.23% African American, 3.19% Asian, and 1.16% Hispanic (2010 Census). The crime rate here is extremely low, therefore making Madison one of the top ten safest cities in Mississippi. There are not really any points of interest in Madison besides a few recreational spots such as Strawberry Patch Park, Liberty Park, and Simmons Arboretum.





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