Steve Keating (208) 342-4280
Because of its small population, Idaho is among a declining number of North American jurisdictions with only one area code. It is also one of the few whole-state area codes split between multiple LATAsâ€”Southern Idaho (centered in Boise and spilling into Nevada, Wyoming and Malheur County, Oregon) and Coeur d'Alene (spilling into Montana and Washington). Additionally, the Spokane, Washington LATA spills into central Idaho.
In 2001, the Federal Communications Commission projected the 208 area code would be exhausted in 2003. Due to the multi-LATA structure of 208, several numbers in Montana's 406, Wyoming's 307, northern Nevada's 775, eastern Oregon's 541 and eastern Washington's 509 weren't available for use. However, in 2002 the Idaho Public Utilities Commission was able to successfully delay a split by implementing number pooling in Boise. In 2007 number pooling was implemented throughout Idaho to stave off projected exhaustion in 2010.
Ada County - Population 392,365