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phalgal
11-17-2007, 06:21 PM
I was told once, or read somewhere, that social security numbers are coded by your state and city of birth and people who've worked there, or otherwise are familiar w/the codes, can tell where you're from based on yr ssn.

Is this correct? Or even partially correct?

Thank you.

sgunelius
11-17-2007, 07:04 PM
Partially true. I believe the first two digits denote the state in which you were born, but I do not believe it goes to the city level. Search www.irs.gov (http://www.irs.gov). You might be able to find the complete answer on the IRS website.

rugcat
11-17-2007, 08:01 PM
Not where you were born, but where the number was applied for. This link (http://genealogy.about.com/library/blsocialsecuritycodes.htm) may help.

Maryn
11-17-2007, 08:48 PM
It can't be where you're born, because I got my SSN with my best friend, so we could apply for jobs as teenagers. Our numbers were consecutive. She was born in Texas, me in Michigan, and this happened in Arizona.

Maryn, who wonders what ever happened to her

ETA: Nowadays, many people apply for SSNs for their newborns, so the link to a place of birth is far more likely. I know we got our kids' numbers when they were teeny.

Tish Davidson
11-17-2007, 09:25 PM
Partially true. I believe the first two digits denote the state in which you were born, but I do not believe it goes to the city level. Search www.irs.gov (http://www.irs.gov). You might be able to find the complete answer on the IRS website.


This can't be true because my kids were born in the same hospital and the first two digits of their SS # are different.

Ziljon
11-17-2007, 09:29 PM
I think it used to be true. I was once applying for a job and the guy said, "oh, you're from the east coast," and I said "yeah" and he said, "I could tell because your SS number starts with a 1."

AmyBA
11-18-2007, 02:49 AM
The first three digits in a SSN are according to geographic location, according to the Social Security office (http://www.ssa.gov/history/ssn/geocard.html), and here's how the numbers break down by region (http://www.socialsecurity.gov/employer/stateweb.htm).

Tish Davidson
11-18-2007, 03:59 AM
The first three digits in a SSN are according to geographic location, according to the Social Security office (http://www.ssa.gov/history/ssn/geocard.html), and here's how the numbers break down by region (http://www.socialsecurity.gov/employer/stateweb.htm).


Interesting. There is a range for each region. That explains why although both my kids were born in Princeton, NJ, one has a 154 number and the other has a 147 number.