We’ve outgrown 303 and 720, so here comes area code 983!

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A payphone on Federal Boulevard near 26th Avenue. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

We're all very familiar with certain signs of population growth in the Denver area: rising home prices, crowded trail heads, and, of course, the hell that is the Trader Joe's parking lot on Colorado Boulevard.

Well, here's a new one for ya: The Denver metro area will get a new area code, 983, on June 17, 2022.

The 303 area code, which dates back to 1947, and the 720 area code, which was created in 1998, are projected to run out of numbers by the end of 2022. The new code should last for about 25 years, according to a press release from the state Public Utilities Commission.

The change won't affect your phone bill, the PUC says, or what counts as a local call vs. a long-distance call (remember those??).

Also, if you have a 303 or 720 phone number and want to keep it, you can. This change will only affect new telephone customers. But if you've been sitting on an out-of-state area code since you moved here seven years ago like me, this could be your last chance to score a soon-to-be rare old-timey 303 or 720.

Editor's note: This story has been updated with the new launch date of the area code, per officials.

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