Washington Area Code

The area code for Washington, D.C., which is the capital of the United States, is 202. This area code covers the entire District of Columbia and is used for both landline and mobile phone numbers within the city. Washington, D.C. is not part of any specific state, and it serves as the political and administrative center of the country.

State Washington
State Abbreviation: WA
State Nickname: Evergreen State Equality State
Capital City Olympia
Area Codes 202
Timezone Pacific Time Zone (PT)
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What time zone is Washington?

The Washington, D.C. area, which is served by area code 202, is in the Eastern Time Zone (ET). During Standard Time, it is UTC-5, and during Daylight Saving Time (DST), it is UTC-4. Washington, D.C. typically observes DST, so the clocks are set forward by one hour in the spring and set back by one hour in the fall to align with Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) during the DST period. Please note that time zone rules can change, so it's advisable to verify the current time zone information if needed.

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


The Washington, D.C. area code, 202, has a storied history. Established in 1947, it symbolizes the nation's capital and covers the metropolitan region. Over time, as population and telecommunications needs grew, additional area codes like 703 and 301 were introduced to accommodate demand. Today, area codes continue to play a vital role in connecting this thriving and dynamic metropolitan area.

All Area Codes in Washington

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

Area Code Location History and Details
202 Washington, D.C. Area Original area code for Washington, D.C., covering the city and immediate surrounding areas.

Largest Cities in Washington with area codes

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

Name Area Code History and Details
Washington, D.C. 202 The capital of the United States, known for its iconic landmarks, government institutions, and cultural attractions.
Arlington, VA 202 A major urban center in Northern Virginia, known for its diverse neighborhoods and proximity to D.C.
Alexandria, VA 202 A historic city in Northern Virginia with a picturesque waterfront and Old Town district.
Silver Spring, MD 202 A populous suburb in Maryland known for its cultural diversity and proximity to D.C.
Bethesda, MD 202 An affluent community in Maryland with upscale residential neighborhoods and cultural attractions.
Hyattsville, MD 202 A city in Prince George's County, Maryland, located to the northeast of Washington, D.C.
College Park, MD 202 Home to the University of Maryland, College Park, and located in Prince George's County.
Takoma Park, MD 202 A diverse city in Montgomery County, Maryland, known for its progressive policies and community engagement.