Area Code 816

Where Is Area Code 816?

Updated: June 27th 2021

Area code 816 is the area code for the majority of northwestern Missouri. When area code 816 was put into place on January 1, 1947, it was one of Missouri’s original area codes. Area code 816 has been split two times, once in 1950 and then again in 1997. Area code 816 is located in the Central Time Zone and covers 14 counties of Missouri.

Kansas City is the largest city in Missouri and is nicknamed the “City of Fountains.” Kansas City, along with Independence, serves as the county seat for Jackson County. Going back in history, Kansas City was incorporated as a town in 1850 and then as a city in 1853. During the Civil War, Kansas City and its close surroundings were the center of extreme military activity. After the Civil War, Kansas City grew at a rapid rate; the opening of the Hannibal Bridge in 1869 established Kansas City as a major city and rail center. At the start of the 20th century, important buildings such as the Kansas City City Hall and the Jackson County Courthouse were constructed. During that same time period, an American political boss, Thomas Joseph Pendergast, controlled Kansas City. In the 1960s, race riots occurred throughout the city; the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. sparked the 1968 Kansas City riot.

Kansas City is situated on Missouri’s western border, with Downtown Kansas City near the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri rivers. The city alternates between a humid subtropical climate and a humid continental climate. Started in 1857, Kansas City is home to the River Market, one of the biggest and most enduring farmers markets in the American Midwest. Downtown Kansas City is known for its literary and visual arts, numerous fountains, boutique shops, and various local cuisines.

Kansas City has a population of 459,787 and the racial makeup of the city is 54.9% White, 29.9% African American, 10% Hispanic, and 2.5% Asian (2010 Census). Unfortunately Kansas City is one of the most dangerous cities in Missouri. While the overall crime rate is higher than the Missouri average and the national average, the violent crime rate is almost 200% higher than the Missouri average and almost 300% higher than the national average.

Kansas City has so many things to do and see that there is never a dull moment in the city. Museums in the city include the National World War I Museum and Memorial, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Arabia Steamboat Museum, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures, and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Nature and parks in the city include the Kansas City Zoo, the Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden, Loose Park, Swope Park, and Mill Creek Park. Theatres in the city include the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, the Starlight Theatre, the Coterie Theatre, and the Kansas City Repertory Theatre. When it comes to food, the city is most famous for its steak and barbecue. Kansas City is home to several professional sports teams including the Kansas City Chiefs (football), the Kansas City Royals (baseball), and the Sporting Kansas City (soccer).

Major Cities In Area Code 816

Kansas City


Lee’s Summit

Saint Joseph

Blue Springs

Independence is the fourth largest city in Missouri and is the county seat for Jackson County. The city was named after the Declaration of Independence and is best known for being the hometown of United States President Harry S. Truman. Independence has a population of 116,830 and the racial makeup of the city is 82.2% White, 5.6% African American, 7.7% Hispanic, and 1.0% Asian (2010 Census). Independence is not among the most dangerous cities in Missouri, however the overall crime rate is pretty high, making Independence an unsafe city. Points of interest in the city include the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, the Harry S. Truman National Historic Site, the Vaile Mansion, the Noland Home, the National Frontier Trails Museum, the Midwest Genealogy Center, and the Bingham Waggoner Estate. Popular annual festivals in the city include the Santa-Cali-Gon Days Festival, the Vaile Strawberry Festival, and the Independence Heritage Festival.

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