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Area code 727 is an area code that covers central Eastern Florida. The area it covers is part of the Tampa Bay area. Area code 727 covers Pinellas County, Florida (excluding the majority of Oldsmar), including St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Pinellas Park, the western third of Pasco, including New Port Richey, Port Richey, and Holiday. For 43 years the 13 counties around Tampa Bay, including all suburbs like Sarasota, Ellenton and Port Charlotte were 813. In 1998, Pinellas and western part of Pasco County were split into area code 727. Areas south of Hillsborough (and Tampa Bay itself) became 941. 727 was originally going to be an overlay over 813. However, it was later switched to a split.
Area code 727 serves Pinellas County and the western coastal portions of Pasco County including the larger cities and communities of Bayonet Point, Clearwater, Dunedin, Holiday, Largo, Lealman, Palm Harbor, Pinellas Park, Port Richey, St. Petersburg and Tarpon Springs, in addition to many smaller communities within the service area.
The 727 area code is located in the Eastern time zone. The Eastern time zone is also known as America/New York.
For 43 years, the 13 counties around Tampa Bay, including cities such as Sarasota, Ellenton, and Port Charlotte were in area code 813.
In 1998, Pinellas County and the western part of Pasco County were split into area code 727. 727 was going to be introduced in an overlay plan, to overlay 813. At the time, overlays were a new concept and since overlays result in mixing area codes within the same area (issuing the new code to new numbers) requiring 10-digit dialing, they were often met with public resistance. GTE (now part of Frontier Communications), the dominant carrier in most of the Tampa Bay Area, switched the proposal to a split plan.
The split largely followed county lines, with the notable exception of Oldsmar, most of which stayed in 813. Oldsmar's trunk is wired into the Tampa line, and it would have been too expensive for GTE to rewire it.
According to census data from 2010, the 727 area code has a population of 1,153,619 people, including 1,009,717 whites and 86,400 blacks. Others are primarily Hispanic or Asian in origin. According to 2010 demographic data, the 727 area code covers a region with a high average household worth of $95,076.36 and a $39,110.89 average household income. Furthermore, the 727 area code serves three county and 23 cities, with St. Petersburg being the most populous.
St. Petersburg's economy has traditionally been fueled by tourism. More than 4 million visitors flock to the greater Suncoast area annually, generating more than $2 billion in direct revenue. But the city's economy is actually more broad-based. Major growth industries in the metropolitan area include financial services, manufacturing, medical technologies, information technology, and marine sciences.
St. Petersburg's economy is rooted in financial services. Not only does the city and extending area serve as base for many financial companies, these companies in turn stimulate growth in other industries by providing the financial resources for development and expansion. Manufacturing companies are attracted to the region's transportation infrastructure.
Pinellas County ranks second in the state for the number of manufacturing employees, and ranks first for the manufacture of such items as computer and office equipment and electronics components. The area's research hospitals make it a logical site for medical technology firms, with more than half of all such companies in Florida's High Tech Corridor based in Pinellas County. Similarly, information technology companies cluster in the region, and downtown St. Petersburg is home to numerous small- and medium-sized software and Web development enterprises. The city's proximity to Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico make it a prime spot for marine science; in fact, it is the largest marine science community in the Southeast.
This segment in the economy is augmented by local research facilities, including the Florida Institute for Oceanographic Research and the University of South Florida's College of Marine Science. Items and goods produced: computer and office equipment, electronics components, industrial and commercial machinery, plastic products, sensors, defense-related products, micro-electronics, lasers, medical devices, printed circuit boards, pharmaceuticals
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