Area Code 281 History:
Area code 281 was put into service. Area code 281 was created from a split of area code 713. In 1999 area codes 713 and 281, were recombined and overlaid with area code 832.
Area code 346 was put into service on July 1, 2014 as an all services overlay of the existing area code overlay, consisting of area codes 832, 713 and 281.
Ten digit dialing (area code + seven digit number) is already necessary in the overlay because different homes in the same geographic area can have the same seven digit phone number but each would have a different area code.
Counties in Texas within area code 281 include:
Brazoria County, Fort Bend County, Galveston County, Harris County, Liberty County, Montgomery County, and Waller County.
Major cities or places in Texas within area code 281 include:
Area code 281 along with area codes 832, 713 and 346 serve Houston and many surrounding suburbs and cities including the larger cities and communities of Alvin, Atascocita, Baytown, Channelview, Cloverleaf, Deer Park, Friendswood, Houston, La Porte, League City, Missouri City, Pasadena, Pearland, Rosenberg, Spring, Sugar Land, and The Woodlands.