Regions using (North American) Central Time
The province of
Manitoba is the only
province or territory in
Canada that observes Central Time in all areas.
The following Canadian provinces and territories observe Central Time in the areas noted, while their other areas observe
Also, most of the province of
Saskatchewan is on Central Standard Time year-round, never adjusting for Daylight Saving Time. Major exceptions include
Lloydminster, a city situated on the boundary between
Alberta and Saskatchewan. The city charter stipulates that it shall observe Mountain Time and DST, putting the community on the same time as all of Alberta, including the major cities of
Edmonton. As a result, during the summer, clocks in the entire province match those in Alberta, but during the winter, clocks in most of the province match those in Manitoba.
Nine states are contained entirely in the Central Time Zone:
Note: Although all of
Alabama is legally on Central Time,
Phenix City and some of the nearby community of
Smiths Station unofficially observe Eastern Time, as these areas are part of the metropolitan area of the considerably larger city of
Columbus, Georgia in the Eastern Time Zone.
Valley observe Eastern Time historically because they were textile mill towns and the original home office of their mills was in
West Point, Georgia.
Seven states are split between the Central Time Zone and the
Mountain Time Zone:
Five states are split between the Central Time Zone and the
Eastern Time Zone:
Mexico—roughly the eastern three-fourths—lies in the Central Time Zone, except for six northwestern
Baja California Sur,
Sonora, and *most of
Nayarit) and one southeastern
The federal entities of
Mexico that observe Central Time:
Central America and Caribbean Islands
Nicaragua , and
Jamaica all use Central Standard Time year-round.
Eastern Pacific islands and other areas
Galápagos Islands in
Ecuador uses Central Standard Time all year-round; the remainder of Ecuador uses Eastern Standard Time. Both
Easter Island and
Salas y Gómez Island in
Chile uses Central Standard Time during the Southern Hemisphere winter and Central Daylight Time during the Southern Hemisphere summer; the remainder of Chile uses Atlantic Standard Time and Atlantic Daylight Time.