NPA - 240 (Maryland)
The 240 area code is part of geographic numbering plan area that includes Maryland.
There are a few special area codes with the last two digits 422 match, these are known as easily recognizable codes (ERCs). The 8xx set of numbers are reserved for toll-free services and communication.
One of the original 13 states, it lies at the centre of the Eastern Seaboard, amid the great commercial and population complex that stretches from Maine to Virginia. Its small size belies the great diversity of its landscapes and of the ways of life that they foster, from the low-lying and water-oriented Eastern Shore and Chesapeake Bay area, through the metropolitan hurly-burly of Baltimore.
Weather & Climate
The east has a humid subtropical climate strongly influenced by Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, both of which moderate the weather but do not prevent ice formation on the bay’s northern tributaries; summer calms can produce high temperatures up to 107 °F (42 °C).
Ordinarily, precipitation levels are enough to make reservoirs overflow and to enable Baltimore and Washington, D.C., to draw all the soft water needed for municipal supplies. Storms sweep in from the west and south, except in late summer, when the fringes of passing hurricanes often drench Maryland from the east.
Maryland - Culture
Maryland has become a recognized national leader in the fight against urban decay and sprawl. “Smart growth” laws have encouraged the redevelopment of unused urban space. Programs have been put in place to slow down the conversion of farmland and forests to residential development. Smart growth has been intended not to halt growth but to channel it into existing urban and suburban areas.
Baltimore is the centre of much of the state’s activity in the arts. It is the home of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and of several professional theatres, including the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center at the Hippodrome, Center Stage, Theatre Project, and numerous suburban dinner theatres.