Area codes 518 and 838

Area codes 518 and 838 are telephone area codes serving the easternmost part of Upstate New York in the United States. 518 was established as one of the original area codes in 1947. 838 was added as an overlay in 2017. It covers 24 counties and 1,200 ZIP Codes. It has 493 landline and 100 wireless exchanges serviced by 47 carriers.[1] It is the largest area code in size in New York, extending from the eastern Mohawk Valley to the Vermont border, and from the Canada–US border to south of Albany. The bulk of the area code's population is in the Capital District (Albany, Schenectady, and Troy). Other major cities in the area code are Glens Falls, Plattsburgh, and Saratoga Springs.


518 is the only one of New York's original five Numbering Plan Areas that still has its original boundaries. Despite the presence of the Capital District and the proliferation of cell phones and pagers (particularly in the Capital District and Glens Falls), it was one of the few remaining original area codes (not counting those serving an entire state) that had never been split or overlaid. By the spring of 2016, however, 518 was on the verge of exhaustion, and it was projected that the region would need another area code by at least 2019.[2] By the fall, however, it was anticipated that 518 would exhaust in the third quarter of 2017. An overlay area code, 838, was quickly approved, to be implemented in the fall of 2017; which eased the region from burden and expense of changing numbers.[3][4]

From March 18 to August 19, 2017, calls could be made using 7 digits or 10 digits (area code + 7 digit number). 10-digit dialing became mandatory on August 20, 2017, with recorded messages reminding callers if they dial incorrectly. On September 19, 2017, area code 838 was officially added as an overlay to area code 518.[5]

Areas served by this area code

By county

By community

See also


  1. "Area Code 518". White Pages Inc. Archived from the original on 22 July 2010. Retrieved August 9, 2010.
  2. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 2016-09-11. Retrieved 2016-08-31.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. Anderson, Eric (September 15, 2016). "Another three digits to join the 518". Times-Union. Albany, N.Y.: Hearst. Archived from the original on September 19, 2016. Retrieved October 2, 2016.
  4. Rulison, Larry (September 20, 2016). "Capital Region, say hello to area code 838". Times-Union. Albany, N.Y.: Hearst. Archived from the original on October 3, 2016. Retrieved October 2, 2016.
  5. Farrell, Michael P. "New 838 area code will be phased in starting this month" Archived 2017-09-26 at the Wayback Machine. Albany Times Union. Retrieved September 25, 2017.
New York area codes: 212/332/646, 315/680, 347/718/929, 516, 518/838, 585, 607, 631/934, 716, 845, 914, 917
North: 450/579, 613/343, 819/873
West: 315/680, 607 area code 518/838 East: 413, 802, 860/959
South: 845
Connecticut area codes: 203/475, 860/959
Massachusetts area codes: 339/781, 351/978, 413, 508/774, 617/857
Ontario area codes: 226/519/548, 249/705, 289/365/905, 343/613, 416/437/647, 807
Quebec area codes: 367/418/581, 438/514, 450/579, 819/873
Vermont area codes: 802

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