If you’ve lived in Raleigh for a while, your phone number is probably preceded by the 919 area code and you might even own some of the 919-branded swag available at local stores around town.
And if you’ve really been paying attention, you may also have noticed the arrival of the 984 area code back in 2011. (No, this isn’t an April Fool’s Day joke.) Today we’re breaking down the differences between the 919 and the 984.
☎️ Area codes were first assigned in 1947, and back then, the entire state was given one area code — 704, which is now reserved for Charlotte and Western NC.
☎️ The 919 area code was initially put into service Jan. 1, 1954 for the Central and Eastern regions of the state.
☎️ In 1998, the919 was split + numbers serving the Eastern part of the state — near Rocky Mount and Greenville — were updated to the 252 area code.
As the Raleigh metro area continued to grow,officials identified that we would eventually run out of phone numbers.The 984 area code was first proposed in 2001 to accommodate increasing cell phone use + a significant population boom. Implementation was deferred however (thanks to number pooling).
☎️ 984 was eventually implemented in 2011 + it is an overlay area code, serving the exact same geographical area as the 919 area code.
☎️ Did you know? 14 counties and 50 cities are served by both 919 and 984. Approximately 474,600 people (aka the entire population of the City of Raleigh) have a 919 phone number, while statistics for the 984 are not widely available.
If you’re wondering whether we may need a new area code at some point soon, don’t worry too much. The latest projections show that the Triangle won’t need another area code for ~30 years.
Now that you’ve got the 411 on Raleigh’s area codes, who you gonna call? Use the links below to get connected.
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ComingSoon ○ Park’s Food St. — a mini Korean food hall inspired by South Korea’s Gangnam District — openstomorrow, Apr. 2 at 3219 Old Chapel Hill Rd. in Durham (next door to Eastcut Sandwich Shop). Vendors will include Taco Park, Ramyun Time, Itaewon Grill, and Cupdak. Bonus: the spot also offers patio seating and craft brews. 🍽️ ○ Phillips Farms of Cary is bringing its fresh produce to northwest Cary with a new farmers market located at 6701 Good Hope Church Rd. (~1 mile from Carpenter Park). The market opens this weekend, and will be held each Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. until August 29. 🍎 (Cary Citizen)
NowOpen ○Farmside Kitchen opens today at 5431 Page Rd. in Durham + they’re offeringfree Farmbowls from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. The restaurant partners with local and regional farmers to create signature grain bowls and salads. Say hi if you see our RALtoday team there tomorrow. 🥗
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Theatre ○ Raleigh Little Theatre is putting on an outdoor concert-style performance of Jason Robert Brown’s Drama Desk award-winner The Last Five Years — in partnership with 6 musicians from the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra. The show will be held in the Louise “Scottie” Stephenson Amphitheatre (at the Raleigh Rose Garden), April 9–18. Tickets are available now. 🎭
Watch ○ A new crime documentaryseries produced by WRALand Capitol Broadcasting Co. explores the murder of James Jordan — UNC basketball legend Michael Jordan’s father. All 5 parts of the series are airing tomorrow, Apr. 2 + you can watch via the IMDb TV app on any smart device for free (with ads, though). 🍿
The NC Museum of Natural Sciences will become the permanent home + research lab for the fossilized remains of a Triceratops and Tyrannosaurus rex. Deemed the Dueling Dinosaurs, these 67 million-year-old skeletons were found side by side in a shared grave in Montana.
Network ○ Nonprofit Community Leaders Call | Thurs., Apr. 1 | 3:30–4:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | The Chapel Hill–Carrboro Chamber of Commerce is hosting a conversation with the local nonprofit community to better understand how to work together amidst unprecedented times.🌳
PlanAhead ○ Celebrating Cary’s Sesquicentennial | Wed, Apr. 28 | 8 a.m. | Virtual | Free | Celebrate Cary’s 150th birthday with Mayor Harold Weinbrecht + Town Clerk Virginia Johnson as they talk about the history of the town.
Find even more of this month’s local events in our April PlanAhead. Click the button below to mark your calendars. ⬇️
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.
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