The Time in Alaska
Approximately 1/2 of the people in Alaska live in or near the largest city within the state — Anchorage. Thus, when a person asks Anchorage and chances are you will be providing accurate information. But the fact still remains, Alaska has two main time zones.
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What Time Is It In Alaska? There Are 2 Main Time Zones
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The 2 Main Time Zones in the Alaska
|Time Zone||Major Cities / Towns|
|Alaska Time||Anchorage, Chugiak, College, Council, Eagle River, Fairbanks, Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka, Spenard, St. George Island|
|Hawaii–Aleutian Time||Adak, Akutan, Amchitka, Atka, Attu Island, Gambell, Kiska, Savoonga, Shemya Island|
Time Zone Data
|Standard Time||Daylight Saving Time|
|Hawaii–Aleutian Standard Time||HST||GMT -10||Hawaii–Aleutian Daylight Time||HDT||GMT -9|
|Alaska Standard Time||AST||GMT -9||Alaska Daylight Time||ADT||GMT -8|
|It's easy to see how most of Alaska is red in this map. But, if you look carefully at the Aleutian Islands, you will see they have a hint of yellow around them — this shows the islands that are in the Hawaii–Aleutian time zone.|
Did You Know — Alaska Used To Have 4 Time Zones!
According to alaska.com, Alaska changed from having four time zones to only three in 1967. Then, on October 30, 1983, Alaska compressed its time zones even more and went from three to only two time zones.
Daylight Saving Time
Daylight saving time (DST) schedule:
→ At 2 AM local time, clocks are advanced 1 hour on the second Sunday in March.
→ At 2 AM local time, clocks go back 1 hour on the first Sunday in November.
The International Date Line
The International Date Line runs between Alaska and Russia. Although the International Date Line traditionally runs along 180° longitude, the date line does swing east (to the right) and runs along 169° W longitude and as a result, the International Date Line runs between Little Diomede Island (US) and Big Diomede Island (Russia) which are found in the Bering Strait.
After the International Date Line runs through the Diomede Islands, the date line swings westward again (to the left) and goes over the top of St.Lawrence Island and ultimately goes around Attu Island of the Aleutian Islands chain. This allows all of Alaska to be on the same day at the rest of North America.
Alaska Time Zone Chart
|Eastern Time||Central Time||Mountain Time||Pacific Time||Alaska||Hawaiian–Aleutian|
|00:00||12:00 AM||23:00||11:00 PM||22:00||10:00 PM||21:00||9:00 PM||20:00||8:00 PM||19:00||7:00 PM|
|01:00||1:00 AM||00:00||12:00 AM||23:00||11:00 PM||22:00||10:00 PM||21:00||9:00 PM||20:00||8:00 PM|
|02:00||2:00 AM||01:00||1:00 AM||00:00||12:00 AM||23:00||11:00 PM||22:00||10:00 9M||21:00||9:00 PM|
|03:00||3:00 AM||02:00||2:00 AM||01:00||1:00 AM||00:00||12:00 AM||23:00||11:00 PM||22:00||10:00 PM|
|04:00||4:00 AM||03:00||3:00 AM||02:00||2:00 AM||01:00||1:00 AM||00:00||12:00 AM||23:00||11:00 PM|
|05:00||5:00 AM||04:00||4:00 AM||03:00||3:00 AM||02:00||2:00 AM||01:00||1:00 AM||00:00||12:00 AM|
|06:00||6:00 AM||05:00||5:00 AM||04:00||4:00 AM||03:00||3:00 AM||02:00||2:00 AM||01:00||1:00 AM|
|07:00||7:00 AM||06:00||6:00 AM||05:00||5:00 AM||04:00||4:00 AM||03:00||3:00 AM||02:00||2:00 AM|
|08:00||8:00 AM||07:00||7:00 AM||06:00||6:00 AM||05:00||5:00 AM||04:00||4:00 AM||03:00||3:00 AM|
|09:00||9:00 AM||08:00||8:00 AM||07:00||7:00 AM||06:00||6:00 AM||05:00||5:00 AM||04:00||4:00 AM|
|10:00||10:00 AM||09:00||9:00 AM||08:00||8:00 AM||07:00||7:00 AM||06:00||6:00 AM||05:00||5:00 AM|
|11:00||11:00 AM||10:00||10:00 AM||09:00||9:00 AM||08:00||8:00 AM||07:00||7:00 AM||06:00||6:00 AM|
|12:00||12:00 PM||11:00||11:00 AM||10:00||10:00 AM||09:00||9:00 AM||08:00||8:00 AM||07:00||7:00 AM|
|13:00||1:00 PM||12:00||12:00 PM||11:00||11:00 AM||10:00||10:00 AM||09:00||9:00 AM||08:00||8:00 AM|
|14:00||2:00 PM||13:00||1:00 PM||12:00||12:00 PM||11:00||11:00 AM||10:00||10:00 AM||09:00||9:00 AM|
|15:00||3:00 PM||14:00||2:00 PM||13:00||1:00 PM||12:00||12:00 PM||11:00||11:00 AM||10:00||10:00 AM|
|16:00||4:00 PM||15:00||3:00 PM||14:00||2:00 PM||13:00||1:00 PM||12:00||12:00 PM||11:00||11:00 AM|
|17:00||5:00 PM||16:00||4:00 PM||15:00||3:00 PM||14:00||2:00 PM||13:00||1:00 PM||12:00||12:00 PM|
|18:00||6:00 PM||17:00||5:00 PM||16:00||4:00 PM||15:00||3:00 PM||14:00||2:00 PM||13:00||1:00 PM|
|19:00||7:00 PM||18:00||6:00 PM||17:00||5:00 PM||16:00||4:00 PM||15:00||3:00 PM||14:00||2:00 PM|
|20:00||8:00 PM||19:00||7:00 PM||18:00||6:00 PM||17:00||5:00 PM||16:00||4:00 PM||15:00||3:00 PM|
|21:00||9:00 PM||20:00||8:00 PM||19:00||7:00 PM||18:00||6:00 PM||17:00||5:00 PM||16:00||4:00 PM|
|22:00||10:00 PM||21:00||9:00 PM||20:00||8:00 PM||19:00||7:00 PM||18:00||6:00 PM||17:00||5:00 PM|
|23:00||11:00 PM||22:00||10:00 PM||21:00||9:00 PM||20:00||8:00 PM||19:00||7:00 PM||18:00||6:00 PM|
Exceptions to the Rule
Although Alaska has two time zones there are two small exceptions to this rule.
The first exception applies to the town of Hyder. Officially, Hyder is in the Alaska time zone. But unofficially, Hyder uses the Pacific Time zone. This is because Hyder, which is located in the Portland Canal, is close to Stewart, British Columbia, Canada. As a result, Hyder, which is the most eastern town in Alaska, relies on Stewart.
In fact, telephone numbers in Hyder will have the same area code as British Columbia. Hyder also uses the Canadian currency. Due to Hyder's geographical location, it is geographically removed from the rest of Alaska. Hyder's geographical position makes it an excellent candidate for the pacific time zone. The only exception to this unofficial time zone used in Hyder is the post office which is a government facility and subsequently uses the official time in Alaska.
The second exception applies to the town of Metlakatla which chooses to be in the Pacific Time zone also. But unlike Hyder, Metlakatla only uses Pacific Standard Time. This means Metlakatla is GMT -8 all year.