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 has been approved by the Public Utilities Commission of Texas as an all services overlay of the existing area code overlay, consisting of area codes 832, 713 and 281, with an implementation date of July 1, 2014.
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 codes 281, 832, and 713 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.