Charleston, WV utilizes an area code overlay in which area codes 304 and 681 serve the same geographic area. Ten digit dialing (area code + seven digit number) is necessary because two different homes in the same geographic area can have the same seven digit phone number but each would have a different area code. The area code overlay was put into service in 2009 when area code 304 was overlaid with area code 681. Area code 304 was the original area codes assigned to cover all of West Virginia in 1947.
In addition to Charleston, WV area codes 304 and 681 cover the entire state of West Virginia including the larger cities and communities of Charleston, Huntington, Morgantown, Parkersburg, Weirton, and Wheeling.
Charleston, WV is located in Kanawha County and observes the Eastern Time Zone. View our Times by Area Code tool.