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Welcome to the capital of the Lone Star State! Austin is the home of the 512 area code, known for being wildly musical, super friendly, and full of fantastic food trucks (the best of which are filled with Austin’s famous tacos). As the Live Music Capital of the World, Austin is always thumping to a funky beat. And, exploring the 512 area code ensures you’ll uncover more than a few Texas-sized treats. Wide-open spaces can be found at Lady Bird Lake or the iconic Zilker Park, but most people visiting the 512 area code make a point to visit the Texas State Capitol before strolling over to the Congress Avenue Bridge for a quick Texas sunset. As night falls, it’s all about South Congress Avenue. Boutique eateries and eclectic bars abound in Austin’s South Congress (SoCo) neighborhood, located just south of Lady Bird Lake.
While the majority of 512 area code numbers are tied to landlines and mobile phones located in the city of Austin, it covers the surrounding areas and cities as well. This means that you’ll find people with a 512 number who live in Round Rock, Cedar Park, Pflugerville, Georgetown, and San Marcos as well. It even reaches to cover the small Texas towns of Manchaca and Martindale, Texas, both with just over 1,000 residents each.
The History of 512
The History of 512
The 512 area code was one of the original area codes established in the state of Texas as part of the original 1947 numbering plan. And, despite serving a pretty populous area of the Lone Star State, the 512 area code was able to, at the time, serve customers throughout all of Central and South Texas, including San Antonio, Corpus Christi, McAllen, and Brownsville. In 1992 when there was a need to split the number, state regulators decided to allow Austin to keep the 512 area code as it would have been too expensive and difficult to change the existing phone numbers of numerous local legislators and state agencies in the capital city. Today, the 512 area code is still pretty extensive, reaching to cover not just Travis County, where Austin is located, but also Williamson, Hays, Bastrop, and Burnet. However, the majority of 512 numbers are found within the Travis County limits and specifically in the city of Austin.