Area Code 817

Where Is Area Code 817?

Updated: June 22nd 2021

Area code 817 can be found in Texas serving most of the western portion of the Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex. Area code 817 is located in the Central Time Zone and covers five counties of Texas. Area code 817 was put into effect in 1953 and was created from a split of area codes 915 and 214. Area code 817, along with area code 915, was split to form area code 806 in 1957. Area code 817 was reduced to its current size when it was split to form area codes 254 and 940 in 1997. Area code 682 was put into effect as an overlay of area code 817 in 2000.

Forth Worth is the fifth most populous city in Texas and is part of the Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex. Forth Worth is also the sixteenth most populous city in the United States and the county seat of Tarrant County. Forth Worth is located approximately 25 miles from the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and 32 miles west of Dallas. Fort Worth has hot, humid summers and mild winters; the city is very susceptible to supercell thunderstorms due to its location near Tornado Alley. Fort Worth was founded in 1849 as a United States Army fort on a bluff overlooking the Trinity River and was named in honor of Major General William Jenkins Worth.

Forth Worth has a population of 741,206 and the racial makeup of the city is 61.1% White, 34.1% Hispanic, 18.9% African American, and 3.7% Asian (2010 Census). Forth Worth is considered a dangerous city due to the recent increase in the violent crime rate.

With over 9 million tourists visiting the city each year, tourism is a major part of the economy. Forth Worth is known as the “City of Cowboys and Culture” because of its western heritage and local arts community. The Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo is a big part of the city’s western culture because it is the longest running stock show and rodeo in the country. The Stockyards National Historic District is a major tourist attraction that gives tourists a taste of the true American West. The Sundance Square is another major tourist attraction that features skyscrapers, restored buildings, performance venues, restaurants, shops, and museums. For racecar fans, Fort Worth is home to the Texas Motor Speedway, one of the largest racing facilities in the nation. Other major tourist attractions in the city include the Forth Worth Zoo, the Kimbell Art Museum, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and the Fort Worth Water Gardens.

Major Cities In Area Code 817

Forth Worth


North Richland Hills



Arlington is the seventh most populous city in Texas and is located in Tarrant County. Located approximately 15 miles east of Forth Worth and 21 miles west of Dallas, Arlington is part of the Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex. Arlington has hot, humid summers and mild to cool winters; the city is located in Tornado Alley. Arlington has a population of 365,438 and the racial makeup of the city is 59.0% White, 27.4% Hispanic, 18.8% African American, and 6.8% Asian (2010 Census). Unfortunately Arlington is a dangerous city to reside in. Arlington is home to the University of Texas at Arlington, which plays an important role in the city’s economy and is the largest university in North Texas. Arlington has a reputation of being the entertainment capital of Texas because it is home to top attractions such as Six Flags Over Texas, the AT&T Stadium, and the Globe Life Park in Arlington. Arlington became the world headquarters for bowling in 2008 when the United States Bowling Congress relocated to the city. When it comes to retail shopping, the Parks Mall at Arlington is one of the leading shopping destinations in the Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex. When it comes to sports, the Texas Rangers (MLB) are based in Arlington while the Dallas Cowboys (NFL) play their home games at the AT&T Stadium. The crown jewel of the city’s park system is River Legacy Parks, a 1,300-acre park containing miles of trails, picnic areas, and over 400 species of wildlife.

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