212 numbers definitely have a reputation that precedes itself.  If you’re a New Yorker you probably understand what it means to have a 212 number. They have been referred to as the new “rent controlled apartment”, a status symbol (you’re considered a techie or early adopter with one of these numbers), and even sexy.  So, why is this number so popular?

The 212 area code was created back in 1947 when they were implementing the North American Numbering Plan.  The areas with the biggest populations got the area codes that could be dialed the fastest with a rotary dial, hence the 212 area code, according to Wikipedia.   Today, the 212 area code is used for Manhattan and is one of the smallest area codes in North America.

A few fun facts about 212 numbers:

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