If you’ve been receiving calls from an unknown “202” number, and find yourself wondering, “Where is area code 202?”, hold on a second – that could be an important call. Barack Obama might be trying to get a hold of you.
Where is Area Code 202?
Area code 202 covers the District of Columbia (i.e., Washington, D.C.). And that’s not going to change any time soon; according to Wikipedia, the North American Numbering Plan Administration believes there are sufficient 202 numbers to last until the year 2020. [Source: Wikipedia, “Area Code 202”, http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Area_code_202, 16 November 2009.]
While many states in our country are divided into a confusing array of disparate area codes, Washington, D.C. has just one: area code 202. If only this simplicity were mirrored in the legislative processes occuring within that special district.
Who is Calling Me from Area Code 202?
The area code 202 call you missed probably is not from Barack Obama, or even Joe Biden (if it’s Barbara Boxer, don’t take it – talk, talk, talk…). There are plenty of other people living in Washington’s city limits, many of whom are neither celebrities nor politicians, and some of whom are telemarketers.
If the call is from a telemarketer, though, you might be able to find out. Two websites, 800notes.com and callferret.com, track reported telemarketing phone numbers (see www.800notes.com/AreaCode.aspx/1-202 and www.callferret.com/area-codes/202-area-code.html). You can also find many phone numbers via reverse lookup (through www.Anywho.com and a number of other websites).
Even if the call is from a telemarketer I am certain that you will feel a patriotic stirring in your heart as you see area code 202 appear on your cell phone, and realize that you are receiving a communication from our nation’s capital. This is, after all, the very area code that George Washington and Abraham Lincoln used (or would have, had area codes existed at the time). Granted, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton actually did use it, but it’s still a good area code. Really.
“Where is area code 202,” you ask? In the heart of the free world.In the bastion of liberty. In our nation’s capital, the magical place where America’s most noble citizens gather to preserve our freedoms and protect our rights (I’m referring here to the ideal; actual results may vary).
800notes.com, “1-202,” www.800notes.com/AreaCode.aspx/1-202, 16 November 2009.
Callferret.com, “202 area code,” www.callferret.com/area-codes/202-area-code.html, 16 November 2009.
Wikipedia, “Area Code 202”, http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Area_code_202, 16 November 2009.