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Where Is Area Code 256?

Area code 256 is found in the US state of Alabama. Primarily servicing the city of Huntsville (population: 194871), area code 256 covers 22 counties of Alabama.

Located in the Central time zone, area code 256 is on the same time as Chicago, IL.

Area code 256 was brought into effect on March 23, 1998. 256 was split from the parent 205 area code.

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Counties in Area Code 256

  • Calhoun,
  • Cherokee,
  • Clay,
  • Cleburne,
  • Colbert,
  • Coosa,
  • Cullman,
  • DeKalb,
  • Etowah,
  • Franklin,
  • Jackson,
  • Lauderdale,
  • Lawrence,
  • Limestone,
  • Madison,
  • Marshall,
  • Morgan,
  • Randolph,
  • Saint Clair,
  • Talladega,
  • Tallapoosa,
  • Winston.

Most Populous Cities in Area Code 256

City County City Population Time Zone
Huntsville Madison 194,871 CST
Gadsden Etowah 67,047 CST
Decatur Morgan 65,467 CST
Florence Lauderdale 63,102 CST
Athens Limestone 56,386 CST
Madison Madison 56,076 CST
Anniston Calhoun 51,458 CST
Cullman Cullman 42,010 CST
Albertville Marshall 34,527 CST
Talladega Talladega 26,631 CST
Sylacauga Talladega 25,847 CST
Hartselle Morgan 24,450 CST
Fort Payne DeKalb 21,196 CST
Harvest Madison 21,191 CST
Scottsboro Jackson 21,075 CST
Jacksonville Calhoun 20,833 CST
Alexander City Tallapoosa 20,546 CST
Russellville Franklin 19,867 CST
Oxford Calhoun 18,618 CST
Tuscumbia Colbert 18,481 CST
Arab Marshall 17,056 CST
Muscle Shoals Colbert 16,622 CST
Guntersville Marshall 16,575 CST
Boaz Marshall 15,949 CST
Owens Cross Roads Madison 14,567 CST

Note: The above list is based off of the top 25 most populous cities in the area code as per 2012 United States Census Bureau estimates.

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This page was last updated on July 3, 2015.