Area Code 971

Where Is Area Code 971?

Updated: February 22nd 2021

Area code 971 is the area code for northwestern Oregon. Area code 971 is located in the Pacific Time Zone and covers 10 counties of Oregon. When area code 971 was put into service on October 1, 2000, it was implemented as a partial overlay of area code 503. On April 27, 2008, area code 971 overlaid all of area code 503.

Portland is the most populous city in Oregon and the county seat of Multnomah County. Portland is a major port in the Willamette Valley and is nicknamed “Bridgetown” and “City of Roses.” Portland is situated at the confluence of the Willamette River and the Columbia River and has a Mediterranean climate. Portland was settled in the 1840s and was named after Portland, Maine. Portland has a population of 583,776 and the racial makeup of the city is 76.1% White, 9.4% Hispanic, 7.1% Asian, and 6.3% African American (2010 Census). Unfortunately Portland is a dangerous city to reside in. The economy is centered on the Port of Portland, steel, and technology. When it comes to food, Portland is known as the best city in the world for street food. Portland has a vibrant music scene; the city is home to dozens of karaoke bars and several theaters and performing arts institutions. Points of interest in the city include the International Rose Test Garden, the Portland Japanese Garden, the Oregon Zoo, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, the Portland Saturday Market, and the Pittock Mansion.

Salem is the second most populous city in Oregon and the capital of Oregon. Salem is the county seat of Marion County and is situated in the center of the Willamette Valley alongside the Willamette River. Going back in history, the first people of European descent arrived in the area in 1812 but Salem was not founded until 1842. Salem was incorporated as a city in 1857 and became the state capital of Oregon in 1859. Oregon has had three capitol buildings in Salem; the first and second capitol building were both destroyed by fire. The Oregon State Fair has been held in Salem every year since 1861. In 1907, Salem was given the nickname “Cherry City.”

Today Salem has a population 154,637 and the racial makeup of the city is 79.0% White, 20.3% Hispanic, 2.7% Asian, and 1.5% African American (2010 Census). Unfortunately the high crime rate makes Salem a dangerous city to reside in.

The main employer in Salem is the State of Oregon. Annual events in the city include the World Beat Festival, the Salem Art Fair and Festival, the Oregon State Fair, and the Salem Film Festival. Points of interest in the city include the Salem’s Riverfront Carousel, the Oregon State Capitol, the Gilbert House Children’s Museum, the Willamette Heritage Center, the Elsinore Theatre, and the Minto-Brown Island Park.

Major Cities In Area Code 971






Hillsboro is the fifth most populous city in Oregon and the county seat of Washington County. Hillsboro is situated in the Tualatin Valley and has a Mediterranean climate. Going back in history, the area was originally occupied by the Kalapuya Indians. Their population was almost wiped out after contact in the late 18th century with Europeans who carried diseases such as smallpox and malaria. David Hill and a few pioneers founded the community in 1842; it was named Hillsborough in 1850 in honor of Hill. Also in 1850, Hillsborough became the county seat of Washington County and the town’s name was simplified to Hillsboro. Hillsboro experienced major growth in the 1980s with the arrival of high-tech companies. Today Hillsboro has a population of 91,611 and the racial makeup of the city is 73.3% White, 22.6% Hispanic, 8.6% Asian, and 2.0% African American (2010 Census). With an average crime rate, Hillsboro is a semi-dangerous city to reside in. Much of the economy is centered on manufacturing, followed by health care, education, and social services. Home to many technology companies, Hillsboro is the hub of Oregon’s Silicon Forest. There are two major shopping malls and three commercial movie theaters located in Hillsboro. Points of interest in the city include the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals, the Rood Bridge Park, and the Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve.

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