Area Code 915

Where Is Area Code 915?

Updated: September 26th 2018

Area code 915 is the area code for a portion of Far West Texas, which includes the El Paso metropolitan area. Area code 915 is located predominantly in the Mountain Time Zone and covers three counties of Texas. When area code 915 was put into service in 1947, it was one of the 86 original area codes created by AT&T. In 1953, area code 915, along with area code 214, was split to form area code 817. In 1957, area code 915, along with area code 817, was split to form area code 806. In 2003, area code 915 was reduced to its current size when it was split to form area codes 325 and 432.

Situated in the far western corner of Texas on the north bank of the Rio Grande, El Paso is the sixth most populous city in the state and the county seat of El Paso County. El Paso lies at the intersection of Chihuahua, Texas, and New Mexico and is the only major Texas city located in the Mountain Time Zone. Located within the Chihuahuan Desert, El Paso has a desert climate, characterized by hot summers and mild, dry winters. During intense summer monsoonal thunderstorms, many parts of the city are subject to occasional flooding. El Paso is nicknamed “Sun City” because the sun shines more than 300 days each year; the average summer high is 95 degrees with very low humidity. Going back in history, Fray Garcia de San Francisco founded El Paso del Norte on the Rio Grande in 1659. El Paso was considered part of New Mexico under Spanish rule until its cession to the United States in 1848. The United States and Mexico signed the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which made the settlements on the north bank of the Rio Grande a formal American settlement. The Compromise of 1850 placed El Paso on the Texas side. El Paso County was created in 1850 and El Paso became a city in 1873. In 1883, El Paso became the county seat of El Paso County.

El Paso has a population of 649,121 and the racial makeup of the city is 80.8% White, 80.7% Hispanic, 3.4% African American, and 1.2% Asian (2010 Census). El Paso has been declared the safest city of its size for four consecutive years.

Much of El Paso’s economy is centered on military, government, tourism, health care, international trade, and oil and gas. El Paso is a significant location for American-based call centers and is home to Western Refining, a Fortune 500 company. The University of Texas at El Paso is one of the city’s major employers and is the second largest university in the country to have a majority Mexican American student population. When it comes to sports, El Paso is home to the Sun Bowl, an annual American college football bowl game; the first game was held in 1937. Unfortunately there are no professional major league teams based in the city.

Major Cities In Area Code 915

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The sunny weather, rich cultural history, and numerous attractions make El Paso a perfect tourist destination. El Paso is home to a number of cultural events and festivals such as the El Paso Downtown Street Festival, the Sun City Music Festival, the Plaza Classic Film Festival, and the Texas Showdown Festival. When it comes to outdoor recreation, El Paso is home to the Franklin Mountains State Park, the largest urban park in the country. The park is 24,248 acres and perfect for activities such as hiking, mountain biking, and scenic driving. The Hueco Tanks State Park is a Texas historic site that contains rock paintings throughout the park, some of which are thousands of years old. Not too far from El Paso are two national parks, a national memorial, and a national forest. Points of interest in the city include the Wyler Aerial Tramway, the Plaza Theatre, the El Paso Zoo, the El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center, the National Border Patrol Museum, and the El Paso Museum of Archaeology.

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