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CST – Central Standard Time / Central Time (Standard Time)

Also known as: CT – Central Time, NACST – North American Central Standard Time

Currently observing CST.
Areas with same time currently (UTC -6:00).
Currently observing CST – Central Standard Time.
Currently has same time zone offset as CST (UTC -6:00) but different time zone name.

Central Standard Time (CST) is 6 hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). This time zone is a standard time zone and is used in: North America, Central America.

This time zone is often called Central Time.

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Summer Time & DST

Some places observe daylight saving time/summer time during the summer, and therefore use CDT (Central Daylight Time) in the summer.

Email time zone indicator: -0600

An email sent from someone in the Central Standard Time (CST) time zone will have the time zone listed as "-0600" in the headers of the email. (However, "-0600" does not have to be in Central Standard Time, as other time zones could have the same UTC offset).

Where and when is CST observed?

North America

U.S. states using CST in the winter and CDT in the summer

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Florida - North-West parts Show

    Bay, Calhoun, Escambia, Holmes, Jackson, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton and Washington counties and norther Gulf county

  • Illinois
  • Indiana - these few north-western counties near Chicago (Lake, Porter, La Porte, Newton, Jasper, Starke) and these south-western counties in Indiana near Evansville Show

    Gibson, Posey, Vanderburgh, Warrick, Perry

  • Iowa
  • Kansas - except these western counties Show

    Greeley, Hamilton, Sherman and Wallace - MST/MDT

  • Kentucky - Western part Show

    Adair, Allen, Ballard, Barren, Breckinridge, Butler, Caldwell, Calloway, Carlisle, Christian, Clinton, Crittenden, Cumberland, Daviess, Edmonson, Fulton, Graves, Grayson, Green, Hansock, Hart, Henderson, Hickman, Hopkins, Livingston, Logan, Lyon, Marshall, McCracken, McLean, Metcalfe, Monroe, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Russell, Simpson, Todd, Trigg, Union, Warren and Webster counties

  • Louisiana
  • Michigan - A few western counties Show

    Dickinson, Gogebic, Iron, and Menominee

  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska - Eastern parts Show

    All except Arthur, Banner, Box Butte, Chase, Cheyenne, Dawes, Deuel, Dundy, Garden, Grant, Hooker, Keith, Kimball, Morrill, Perkins, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan, and Sioux counties and the western part of Cherry county which are on MST/MDT

  • North Dakota - North and Eastern parts Show

    counties of Barnes, Benson, Bottineau, Burke, Burleigh, Cass, Cavalier, Dickey, Divide, Eddy, Emmons, Foster, Grand Forks, Griggs, Kidder, Lamoure, Logan, McHenry, McIntosh, McLean, Mountrail, Nelson, Oliver, Pembina, Pierce, Ramsey, Ransom, Renville, Richland, Rolette, Sargent, Sheridan, Steele, Stutsman, Towner, Traill, Walsh, Ward, Wells, Williams and northern parts of McKenzie and Dunn, westernmost part of Morton and Fort Yates in Sioux

  • Oklahoma
  • South Dakota - Eastern parts Show

    counties of Aurora, Beadle, Bon Homme, Brookings, Brown, Brule, Buffalo, Campbell, Charles Mix, Clark, Clay, Codington, Davison, Day, Deuel, Douglas, Edmunds, Faulk, Grant, Gregory, Hamlin, Hand, Hanson, Hughes, Hutchinson, Hyde, Jerauld, Kingsbury, Lake, Lincoln, Lyman, Marshall, McCook, McPherson, Miner, Minnehaha, Moody, Potter, Roberts, Spink, Sanborn, Sully, Tripp, Turner, Union, Yankton, Walworth and eastern parts of Jones and Stanley

  • Tennessee - Western part Show

    counties of Bedford, Benton, Bledsoe, Cannon, Carroll, Cheatham, Chester, Clay, Coffee, Crockett, Cumberland, Davidson, Decatur, DeKalb, Dickson, Dyer, Fayette, Fentress, Franklin, Gibson, Giles, Grundy, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Henry, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Jackson, Lake, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, McNairy, Macon, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Maury, Montgomery, Moore, Obion, Overton, Perry, Pickett, Putnam, Robertson, Rutherford, Sequatchie, Shelby, Smith, Stewart, Sumner, Tipton, Trusdale, Van Buren, Warren, Wayne Weakley, White, Willamson, Wilson

  • Texas - All, but a few counties in west Show

    El Paso and Hudspeth and part of Culberson

  • Wisconsin

Canadian provinces using CST in the winter and CDT in the summer

  • Manitoba
  • Ontario - most parts west of 90 West. (Parts east of 90 West is on EST/EDT)
  • Saskatchewan - only Creighton and Denare Beach

Canadian provinces using CST all year

  • Ontario - a few communities Show

    Atikokan, New Osnaburgh, Pickle Lake

  • Saskatchewan - most of it Show

    except Creighton and Denare Beach which use CDT during summer, and Lloydminster which is in the MST/MDT zone

Mexican states using CST in the winter and CDT in the summer

  • Aguascalientes
  • Campeche
  • Chiapas
  • Coahuila
  • Colima
  • Distrito Federal
  • Durango
  • Guanajuato
  • Guerro
  • Hidalgo
  • Jalisco
  • León
  • Michoacán
  • Morelos
  • México
  • Nuevo León
  • Oaxaca
  • Puebla
  • Querétaro
  • Quintana Roo
  • San Luis Potosí
  • Tabasco
  • Tamaulipas
  • Tlaxcala
  • Veracruz
  • Yucatán
  • Zacatecas

Central America

Central American countries using CST all year

  • Belize
  • Costa Rica
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Nicaragua

CST time now

7:52:13PM

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

  • UTC Offset: UTC -6:00
  • 1 hour behind Washington DC

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Other names

CST – Tiempo Central Estándar (Spanish)
HNC – Heure Normale du Centre (French)

Other time zones named CST

CST – Cuba Standard Time
CST – China Standard Time

Example cities

Mexico – Mexico City (Winter)
Canada – Regina (All Year)
Guatemala – Guatemala (All Year)

Related time zones

CDT – Central Daylight Time (Daylight Time)


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