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Discover the 10 States in the Central Time Zone

Six hours behind Coordinated Universal Time, or UTC, is the Central Time Zone in North America. However, during daylight saving time, the majority of the zone is just five hours behind UTC. A portion of the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean Islands, Central America, and the Eastern Pacific Ocean are all included in the Central Time Zone. Find out which 10 states, including those that are just partially in the zone, are in the Central Time Zone.

1. Alabama

Alabama, a state in the Southeast, is entirely in the Central Time Zone and follows daylight saving time. Nonetheless, because of their closeness to Georgia, a few places observe the Eastern Time Zone informally. Russell County’s Phenix City, Chamers County’s Lanett and Valley, and a few small communities in Lee County are among those who observe EST.

2. Arkansas

Arkansas is a Southern state in the Central Time Zone that borders the Mississippi River and is well-known for its stunning wilderness regions. Every county in the state uses daylight saving time and adheres to CST. Every state that borders Arkansas is (at least partly) in the Central Time Zone, including Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, and Missouri.

3. Illinois

Illinois, known as “the Prairie State,” is well-known for its extensive farms and rolling hills. This Midwest state, along with Wisconsin, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, and Iowa, borders the Mississippi River to the west. Illinois as a whole observes daylight saving time and the Central Time Zone. The only states that border Illinois and only partially observe EST are Indiana and Kentucky.

4. Iowa

Iowa, a state in the Midwest, is situated between the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, two of the country’s largest rivers. Large stretches of cornfields, undulating plains, and vibrant urban areas are some of Iowa’s most well-known features. Every state that borders Iowa is at least largely in the Central Time Zone (CTZ), including Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Missouri, and Illinois. Iowa is entirely within the CST.

5. Louisiana

Louisiana, a state in the Southeast known for its Mardi Gras celebrations, jazz music, and melting pot of ethnicities, is situated on the Gulf of Mexico. Louisiana observes daylight saving time and is entirely located in the Central Time Zone. The states that surround it, including as Mississippi, Arkansas, and Texas, likewise adhere to CST. A portion of Texas observes Mountain Standard Time.

6. Minnesota

Minnesota, located in the Midwest and bordering Lake Superior, the largest of the Great Lakes, is home to over 10,000 lakes and other cultural treasures. Minnesota follows daylight saving time and is entirely located in the Central Time Zone. This state shares borders with Ontario and Manitoba in Canada. Manitoba observes Central Time, whereas Ontario observes Eastern Time. North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Iowa are the neighboring states in the United States.

7. The state of Mississippi

The Mississippi state in the South is bordered by the Gulf of Mexico and has a portion of the Mississippi River. This state boasts significant cultural landmarks and is known as the cradle of blues music. All of Mississippi’s neighboring states, including Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Texas, are also in the Central Time Zone. Part of Texas is in MST, and part of Tennessee is in EST.

8. Missouri

Missouri, a state in the American Midwest, is known for its large cities, barbecue, and music. All of the states that surround it, including Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska, are at least largely within the Central Time Zone. This state is entirely within the zone.

9. Oklahoma

Oklahoma is a state in the South-Central region of the United States that is well-known for its tornadoes, American football, and agriculture. While all of the states that surround Oklahoma are in the Central Time Zone, Oklahoma itself is not. The state’s panhandle is bordered by the Mountain Time Zone, which is shared by Colorado and New Mexico.

10. Wisconsin

Wisconsin is a Midwest state with two Great Lakes, stunning landscapes, dairy products, and a plethora of museums. Wisconsin is in compliance with daylight saving time and the Central Time Zone. Illinois, Minnesota, and Iowa, its neighboring states, are all in Central Standard Time.

Overview of the Ten States in the Central Time Zone (Entirely Contained)

States in the Central Time Zone
Alabama
Arkansas
Illinois
Iowa
Louisiana
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Oklahoma
Wisconsin

States Partially in the Central Time Zone

Number States Partially in the Central Time Zone
#1 Kansas
#2 Nebraska
#3 North Dakota
#4 South Dakota
#5 Texas
#6 Florida
#7 Indiana
#8 Kentucky
#9 Michigan
#10 Tennessee