Geographic Overview of Area Code 863

Area code 863 is located in south-central Florida and covers a significant portion of the state. The primary cities within this area code include Lakeland, Bartow, Sebring, Winter Haven, and Lake Wales. The area code spans approximately 7,000 square miles and includes parts of nine counties: Polk, Highlands, Okeechobee, Hendry, DeSoto, Hardee, Glades, Hillsborough, and St. Lucie. This extensive coverage makes it a vital region for businesses looking to establish a local presence in Florida. The area code was created in 1999 as a split from area code 941 to address the increasing demand for telephone numbers in Central Florida.

Key cities and their respective area codes:

  • Lakeland: 863
  • Bartow: 863
  • Sebring: 863
  • Winter Haven: 863
  • Lake Wales: 863