Nebraska Area Code

Nebraska, a U.S. state, is primarily served by area codes 308 and 402 within the North American Numbering Plan. Area code 308 encompasses the western and central regions of the state, including cities like North Platte, Scottsbluff, and Kearney. Meanwhile, area code 402 covers eastern Nebraska, including populous cities like Omaha and Lincoln, the state's capital. These area codes are essential for routing telephone calls and are part of the telecommunications infrastructure that serves the diverse communities and industries of the state.

State Nebraska
State Abbreviation: NE
State Nickname: Cornhusker State Equality State
Capital City Lincoln
Area Codes 308, 402
Timezone Central Time Zone (CT),Mountain Time Zone (MT)
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What time zone is Nebraska?

The timezone for Nebraska's area codes (primarily 308 and 402) is Central Time (CT) during Standard Time, which is UTC-6, and Central Daylight Time (CDT) during Daylight Saving Time, which is UTC-5. Some parts of western Nebraska around the Panhandle region observe Mountain Time (MT), which is UTC-7 during Standard Time and UTC-6 during Daylight Saving Time.

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


Nebraska's area code history began with 402 in 1947, which initially covered the entire state. In 1955, 308 was introduced for western Nebraska, and in 2011, overlay area code 531 was added to the same regions as 402 due to increased demand for numbers. These changes addressed telecommunications needs while maintaining Nebraska's identity.

All Area Codes in Nebraska

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

Area Code Location History and Details
402 Eastern Nebraska Covers cities like Omaha and Lincoln in eastern Nebraska.
308 Western and Central Nebraska Serves regions including North Platte, Kearney, and Grand Island.
531 Eastern Nebraska Overlay An overlay for area code 402, requiring dialing even for local calls.

Largest Cities in Nebraska with area codes

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

Name Area Code History and Details
Omaha 402 Nebraska's largest city, known for its cultural diversity and economic significance.
Lincoln 402 The state capital, home to the University of Nebraska and government institutions.
Bellevue 402 Located south of Omaha, known for its military presence and community.
Grand Island 308 Central Nebraska city with agricultural and industrial significance.
Kearney 308 Home to the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument and a university.
Fremont 402 Eastern Nebraska city with parks, recreation, and historical significance.
Hastings 402 South-central Nebraska city with a historic downtown and cultural attractions.
North Platte 308 Western Nebraska city with a railroad history and Buffalo Bill Cody's connection.
Norfolk 402 Northeastern Nebraska city known for healthcare and education.
Columbus 402 Eastern Nebraska city with a strong manufacturing sector and a welcoming community.