North American area code 254 is a state of Texas telephone area code for numbers in the Waco/Temple/Killeen area. It was created May 25, 1997, in a split from area code 817.
Counties served by this area code:
- Bell, Bosque, Callahan, Comanche, Coryell, Eastland, Erath, Falls, Freestone, Hamilton, Hill, Hood, Limestone, McLennan, Milam, Navarro, Robertson, Somervell, Stephens and Williamson
Towns and cities served by this area code:
- Abbott, Andice, Aquilla, Axtell, Bartlett, Belton, Bluff Dale, Blum, Brandon, Breckenridge, Bremond, Bruceville, Buckholts, Burlington, Bynum, Caddo, Cameron, Carbon, Carlton, Chilton, China Spring, Cisco, Clifton, Coolidge, Copperas Cove, Covington, Cranfills Gap, Crawford, Cross Plains, Davilla, Dawson, De Leon, Desdemona, Donie, Dublin, Eastland, Eddy, Elm Mott, Evant, Flat, Florence, Gatesville, Gholson, Glen Rose, Gorman, Groesbeck, Hamilton, Harker Heights, Heidenheimer, Hewitt, Hico, Hillsboro, Holland, Hubbard, Iredell, Irene, Itasca, Jonesboro, Killeen (including Fort Hood), Kopperl, Kosse, Laguna Park, Leroy, Lingleville, Lipan, Little River Academy, Lorena, Lott, Malone, Marlin, Mart, May, McGregor, Meridian, Mexia, Moody, Morgan Mill, Morgan, Mound, Mount Calm, Nemo, Nolanville, Oglesby, Olden, Paluxy, Pendleton, Penelope, Pottsville, Prairie Hill, Proctor, Purmela, Rainbow, Ranger, Reagan, Riesel, Rising Star, Roanoke, Robinson, Rogers, Rosebud, Ross, Salado, Satin, Schwertner, Sidney, Stephenville, Strawn, Teague, Tehuacana, Temple, Thornton, Tolar, Troy, Valley Mills, Waco, Walnut Springs, West, Whitney, Woodway, and Wortham
Prior to October 2021, area code 254 had telephone numbers assigned for the central office code 988. In 2020, 988 was designated nationwide as a dialing code for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which created a conflict for exchanges that permit seven-digit dialing. This area code was therefore scheduled to transition to ten-digit dialing by October 24, 2021.
The area code 254 is the theme of local rappers in Welcome to 254. The rap, uploaded to YouTube on August 4, 2008, has received over 150,000 views as of March 2014.