- Area code 609
It was created in 1958 when the original 201 area code for New Jersey was divided into two area codes. Presently, it covers parts of
Central Jersey, South Jerseyand the Jersey Shore. The southwestern part of the state adjacent to Philadelphiais now covered by area code 856, as a result of a split of the area codes in 1999, although many parts of Burlington County are still covered under 609.
Prior to 1990s when the original two area codes of New Jersey, 201 and 609, were split, New Jersey residents informally viewed the area codes as the defining boundaries of the more urban and industrialized "
North Jersey" (industrialized) and the more rural "South Jersey". [Demasters, Karen. [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9500E6DE1F38F934A35751C0A96F958260 "The New Phone Math: 609 Divided by 2"] , " The New York Times", February 7, 1999. Accessed August 6, 2008.]
The area covered by 609 includes two distinct regions of New Jersey. One region includes Mercer County, with Trenton and Princeton located in this county. Mercer County is a relatively wealthy county that serves as a
bedroom communityfor both New York and Philadelphia commuters, though more New York commuters have been migrating there in recent years. Mercer County also serves as an important educational hub as home to Princeton Universityand several established prep schools. Area code 609 also covers Atlantic City and portions of the Jersey Shore. These areas are very different from Mercer County, with their economies based upon tourism.
Cities and towns in the 609 area code
Cape May County
The Wildwoods Ocean County, New Jersey
Long Beach Island Middlesex County, New Jersey
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