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Area code 909

Area code 909


Area code 909 is a California telephone area
code that covers far eastern Los Angeles County and southwestern San Bernardino County. The 909 area code was split from area code
714 on November 14, 1992. Western Riverside County was split off from
909 into area code 951 on July 17, 2004. Originally on that same date, the area retaining
the 909 area code was to be overlaid by a new area code 752. However, this overlay plan was shelved prior
to the 909/951 split, and area code 752 was returned to the NANPA numbering pool to be
assigned at a later date. 909 still covers small portions of Corona,
Riverside, and Moreno Valley, which are in Riverside County. Under the traditional NANPA plan, 909 was
the “worst” area code for pulse dialers, in contrast to area codes such as 212 and 213. Area code 909 also has the distinction of
being the last new area code with a 0 as the middle digit to go online. Cities in the 909 area code
Los Angeles County Claremont
Diamond Bar Glendora
Industry, California La Verne
Pomona Rowland Heights
San Dimas Walnut
West Covina Riverside County
Calimesa Corona
Riverside San Bernardino County Area code 909 in pop culture
In 2003, the character Summer from The O.C. demeaningly refers to Pittsburgh as “the 909
of the east”. The 909 by Jim Stewart is a 2003 novel that
chronicles the trials and tribulations of a group of young adults living in Inland Southern
California. In 2004, KROQ-FM released a charity album
entitled Christmas Time in the 909, which included a track of the same name by Greenbrier
Lane. In 2009, the episode “Stark Raving Dad” of
The Simpsons reaired on the Fox network for the first time since 1993, in honor of Michael
Jackson’s death. The original episode had a cereal box with
a Krusty the Klown pay hotline number, 1-909-O-U-KLOWN, chosen to resemble a toll 900 number but without
being real, since at the time the 909 area code did not exist, and even the 2003 DVD
of season 3 has it intact. However, the 2009 airing blanked out the 1-909-
prefix now that it described not only a real area code but a legitimate phone number, making
this a very accidental use and aversion of the area code. In 2010, former All-Pro NFL lineman Kyle Turley
released his debut Southern Rock album from his Gridiron Records label with the song “909”,
in which Turley pays homage to his hometown of Moreno Valley, CA, which up until 2004
was in the 909 and had been since 1992. On September 22, 2013, the Los Angeles Times
published an article reporting that visitors from the Inland Empire were being held responsible
by residents of Huntington Beach for causing riots that took place there in July. The article noted that the noun “909-er” had
entered the local popular culture as a term of abuse, partly in consequence. See also
List of California area codes List of NANP area codes
North American Numbering Plan References External links
North American Numbering Plan Administration NANPA Area Code Map of California

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