Mississippi Area Code

Mississippi's area code, specifically Area Code 601, covers a substantial portion of the state, including the central and southern regions, and is associated with cities like Jackson, the state capital, as well as Hattiesburg and Meridian. It is a numerical designation used in telecommunications to geographically segment the state, allowing for efficient routing of phone calls and services within Mississippi.

State Mississippi
State Abbreviation: MS
State Nickname: Magnolia State Equality State
Capital City Jackson
Area Codes 228, 601, 662, 769
Timezone Central Time Zone (CT)
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What time zone is Mississippi?

Mississippi area codes, including 601 and 228, are in the Central Time Zone (CT). This means they typically follow Central Standard Time (CST) when daylight saving time is not in effect and Central Daylight Time (CDT) when it is. CST is UTC-6, and CDT is UTC-5.

Note that the start and end dates of daylight saving time can change


Mississippi's area code history traces back to 1947 when the state introduced Area Code 601, covering the entire state. As population growth and telecommunications demands increased, Mississippi later added Area Code 228, serving the Gulf Coast region, in 1997. These area codes have efficiently managed phone numbering within the state, facilitating communication for its residents and businesses.

All Area Codes in Mississippi

This table provides a quick overview of all area codes, their locations, and some historical context for each.

Area Code Location History and Details
601 Central and Southern Mississippi Covers central and southern regions, including cities like Jackson, Hattiesburg, and Meridian.
228 Mississippi Gulf Coast Serves the Mississippi Gulf Coast region, including cities such as Gulfport and Biloxi.

Largest Cities in Mississippi with area codes

Quick overview of large cities, their area codes, and some historical context for each in Mississippi.

Name Area Code History and Details
Jackson 601 The state capital and largest city in Mississippi, located in the central part of the state.
Gulfport 228 The second-largest city in Mississippi, situated on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Hattiesburg 601 A major city in southern Mississippi, known for its educational institutions and cultural attractions.
Biloxi 228 Located on the Gulf Coast, Biloxi is known for its casinos, sandy beaches, and vibrant entertainment.
Southaven 662 A city in northern Mississippi, part of the Memphis metropolitan area, known for its economic growth.
Meridian 601 Located in the eastern part of the state, Meridian is a regional hub for commerce and transportation.
Tupelo 662 Birthplace of Elvis Presley, Tupelo is a city in northeastern Mississippi known for its music heritage.
Olive Branch 662 Another city in the Memphis metropolitan area, Olive Branch has experienced significant growth in recent years.