938 Area Code | Location, Map, Zip Code and Time Zone

938 Area Code

State: Alabama
Top City: Huntsville
Timezone: Central
Zip Code: 35582/35072
Current Time:

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Area code 938 is a telephone area code in the North American Numbering Plan (NANP) for the U.S. state of Alabama.

256 Area Code
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It is an overlay plan for the area served by the 256 area code, which covers the northeastern and east-central portions of the state, including the cities of Huntsville, Decatur, Florence, and Gadsden. Area code 938 was activated on July 10, 2010, and became mandatory on June 5, 2011.

938 Area Code Time Zone

The 938 area code is in the Central Time Zone, which is UTC-06:00 in standard time and UTC-05:00 in daylight saving time.

History of 938 Area Code

Area code 938 was assigned on March 4, 2009, by the North American Numbering Plan Administration (NANPA), which oversees the allocation of phone numbers in the United States, Canada, and some Caribbean countries. It was activated on July 10, 2010, as the state’s first all-services overlay area code.

An overlay area code is a solution to the problem of number exhaustion, which occurs when there are not enough phone numbers available for a given area. Instead of splitting an existing area code into two or more new ones, which would require changing the phone numbers of existing customers, an overlay area code is added on top of the original one, allowing both to coexist in the same region.

Area code 938 was overlaid on area code 256, which was created in 1998 from a split of area code 205. Area code 256 covers most of north Alabama and some eastern parts of the state. The implementation of area code 938 roughly coincided with the end of the projected lifespan of area code 256, which was expected to run out of numbers by 2011.

Area code 938 is home to some notable landmarks and attractions in Alabama, such as:

The Redstone Arsenal: A U.S. Army post that hosts several federal agencies and organizations involved in missile defense, space exploration, and aviation.
The U.S. Space and Rocket Center: A museum and educational center that showcases the history and achievements of the U.S. space program.
The Talladega Superspeedway: A NASCAR racetrack that hosts several major events throughout the year.

Top 10 Counties in Area Code 938

County Population
Madison County 372,909
Morgan County 119,679
Calhoun County 114,277
Limestone County 98,915
Marshall County 96,774
Etowah County 102,268
DeKalb County 71,109
Lauderdale County 92,709
Jackson County 52,419
Colbert County 54,428

Top 10 Cities in Area Code 938

City Population
Huntsville 201,910
Decatur 54,264
Madison 52,654
Florence 40,428
Gadsden 35,409
Athens 27,897
Albertville 21,592
Scottsboro 14,770
Fort Payne 14,071
Cullman 15,858

Top Telephone Carriers

Landline  Wireless 
Comcast/Xfinity Verizon
WOW! AT&T
CenturyLink T-Mobile
  Sprint¬†(now merged with T-Mobile)
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