Area Code 940

Where Is Area Code 940?

Updated: February 28th 2021

Area code 940 is the area code for the northern part of the central portion of Texas, which includes Denton and Wichita Falls. Area code 940 is located in the Central Time Zone and covers 22 counties of Texas. Area code 940 was put into effect in 1997 and was created from a split of area code 817.

Situated in North Texas on the northern edge of the Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex, Denton is the 26th most populous city in the state and the county seat of Denton County. Located approximately 40 miles northwest of Dallas and 37 miles northeast of Forth Worth, Denton and the two cities form the area traditionally referred to as the "Golden Triangle of North Texas." Denton has a humid subtropical climate, characterized by hot, humid summers and cool winters; Denton lies on the southern end of Tornado Alley, although tornadoes rarely form in the city. Going back in history, Denton County was created in 1846, which was named for John B. Denton. Pinckneyville and Alton were selected as the county seat, however residents argued that neither town was not in the center of the county. As a result, Denton was founded in 1857 in order to become the new county seat. When Denton incorporated in 1866, it quickly became an agricultural trade center for the mill and cottage industries. When the Texas and Pacific Railway arrived in 1881, an influx of people came with it. Colleges were founded in 1890 and 1903; today they are University of North Texas and Texas Woman's University. Denton’s major growth near the end of the 20th century was a result of being connected to the Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex and the opening of the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

Denton has a population of 113,383 and the racial makeup of the city is 73.8% White, 21.2% Hispanic, 10.3% African American, and 4.1% Asian (2010 Census). The low crime rate makes Denton a safe city to reside in.

Much of the economy is centered on educational services, health and social services, retail, and manufacturing. Educational services play the largest role in the city's economy, as the three largest employers are University of North Texas, Denton Independent School District, and Texas Woman's University. Golden Triangle Mall is the largest shopping complex in the city and a major source of retail trade. The North Texas State Fair and Rodeo is an annual fair that showcases the best of Texas country music and also features rodeos, livestock exhibitions, and food contests. The Denton Arts and Jazz Festival is an annual festival that is held in Quakertown Park and features live music, fine art, and crafts. Measuring in at 14.5 acres of land, Denton is home to the largest community garden in the country, Shiloh Field Community Garden. Music is a big part of Denton’s culture, especially the local independent music scene. The downtown area is referred to as Denton Square and is populated by antique shops, locally owned restaurants, music venues, and bars. At the center of Denton Square is Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square, a former courthouse that was constructed in 1896; it is Denton’s most celebrated and iconic artifact.

Major Cities In Area Code 940


Wichita Falls


Mineral Wells


Wichita Falls is located in North Texas and is the county seat of Wichita County. Wichita Falls has a humid subtropical climate, characterized by hot, humid summers and cool winters; excluding the Desert Southwest, Wichita Falls has some of the highest summer daily maximum temperatures in the entire United States. Going back in history, American settlers arrived in the 1860s and the city was named Wichita Falls in 1872. In 1882, the Fort Worth & Denver City Railway arrived and the city became the county seat of Wichita County. In 1886, a flood destroyed the original falls on the Wichita River; almost 100 years later, the city built an artificial waterfall beside the river in Lucy Park. Today Wichita Falls has a population of 104,553 and the racial makeup of the city is 73.2% White, 18.9% Hispanic, 12.7% African American, and 2.4% Asian (2010 Census). Unfortunately Wichita Falls is a dangerous city to reside in. Points of interest in the city include the River Bend Nature Center, the Lucy Park, the Museum of North Texas History, the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum, and the Backdoor Theatre.

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