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The Time in Indiana

Monday, September 30, 2013 by — creator of Time Genie

Updated: Friday, March 11, 2016

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Flag of Indiana.

What time is it in Indiana? This is a commonly asked question — but this question requires a question in return — where in Indiana?

Indiana actually has 2 time zones — the Central and Eastern Time Zones to be exact. Most of Indiana is located in the Eastern Time Zone. However, part of western Indiana is located in the Central Time Zone.

Time in Indiana was more confusing in the past as some parts observed daylight saving time while others did not. But this all changed on January 18, 2006, when the US Department of Transportation, the section of government that is responsible for maintaining time zones in the USA, announced changes were coming. The changes were, and still are, controversial for several reasons.

One reason for the controversy is that Indiana has a strong agricultural / farming community that prefers to have a time zone that is more based on sunrise and sunset — and the time zone changes cause discord between sunrise and sunset in Indiana when compared to the actual time in Indiana.

Keep reading to learn more about time zones in Indiana.


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What Time Is It In Indiana? There Are 2 Time Zones

Even though the proposed changes were controversial, on March 9, 2008, time zones changes happened in Indiana.

There are, in total, 92 counties in Indiana. Of these 92 counties, 12 counties are in the Central Time Zone. The remaining 80 counties are in the Eastern Time Zone.

The 6 counties in northwestern Indiana that are in the Central Time Zone are: Jasper, Lake, La Porte, Newton, Porter, and Porter. These 6 counties revolve around the city of Gary, Indiana which is located in Lake County.

The 6 counties in southwestern Indiana that are also in the Central Time Zone include: Gibson, Perry, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh and Warrick. These 6 counties revolve around the city of Evansville, Indiana which is located in Vanderburgh County.

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Map of Indiana
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The 2 Time Zones in Indiana

Time Zone Major Cities
Eastern Time Anderson, Bloomington, Carmel, Columbus, Elkhart, Fishers, Fort Wayne, Goshen, Granger, Greenwood, Indianapolis, Jeffersonville, Kokomo, Lafayette, Marion, Mishawaka, Muncie, New Albany, Noblesville, Plainfield, Richmond, South Bend, Terre Haute, West Lafayette, Westfield
Central Time Crown Point, Dyer, East Chicago, Evansville, Fulda, Gary, Griffith, Hammond, Highland, Hobart, La Porte, Merrillville, Michigan City, Munster, Portage, Schererville, Valparaiso, Vincennes

Time Zone Data

Information about the time zones in Indiana.

Standard Time Daylight Saving Time
Eastern Standard Time EST GMT -5 Eastern Daylight Time EDT GMT -4
Central Standard Time CST GMT -6 Central Daylight Time CDT GMT -6
Indiana time zone map
Notice how the top left and bottom left of Indiana is orange while the rest of Indiana is green. The orange indicates the Central Time Zone while the green indicates the Eastern Time Zone.

Daylight Saving Time

All of Indiana observes daylight saving time (DST).

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.

Indiana Time Zone Chart

By using the following time zone chart you can see the time differences between the 4 main time zones in the United States including the Central Time Zone (top left and bottom left of Indiana) and the Eastern Time Zone (the majority of Indiana).

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Eastern Time Central Time Mountain Time Pacific Time
00:00 12:00 AM 23:00 11:00 PM 22:00 10:00 PM 21:00 9:00 PM
01:00 1:00 AM 00:00 12:00 AM 23:00 11:00 PM 22:00 10:00 PM
02:00 2:00 AM 01:00 1:00 AM 00:00 12:00 AM 23:00 11:00 PM
03:00 3:00 AM 02:00 2:00 AM 01:00 1:00 AM 00:00 12:00 AM
04:00 4:00 AM 03:00 3:00 AM 02:00 2:00 AM 01:00 1:00 AM
05:00 5:00 AM 04:00 4:00 AM 03:00 3:00 AM 02:00 2:00 AM
06:00 6:00 AM 05:00 5:00 AM 04:00 4:00 AM 03:00 3:00 AM
07:00 7:00 AM 06:00 6:00 AM 05:00 5:00 AM 04:00 4:00 AM
08:00 8:00 AM 07:00 7:00 AM 06:00 6:00 AM 05:00 5:00 AM
09:00 9:00 AM 08:00 8:00 AM 07:00 7:00 AM 06:00 6:00 AM
10:00 10:00 AM 09:00 9:00 AM 08:00 8:00 AM 07:00 7:00 AM
11:00 11:00 AM 10:00 10:00 AM 09:00 9:00 AM 08:00 8:00 AM
12:00 12:00 PM 11:00 11:00 AM 10:00 10:00 AM 09:00 9:00 AM
13:00 1:00 PM 12:00 12:00 PM 11:00 11:00 AM 10:00 10:00 AM
14:00 2:00 PM 13:00 1:00 PM 12:00 12:00 PM 11:00 11:00 AM
15:00 3:00 PM 14:00 2:00 PM 13:00 1:00 PM 12:00 12:00 PM
16:00 4:00 PM 15:00 3:00 PM 14:00 2:00 PM 13:00 1:00 PM
17:00 5:00 PM 16:00 4:00 PM 15:00 3:00 PM 14:00 2:00 PM
18:00 6:00 PM 17:00 5:00 PM 16:00 4:00 PM 15:00 3:00 PM
19:00 7:00 PM 18:00 6:00 PM 17:00 5:00 PM 16:00 4:00 PM
20:00 8:00 PM 19:00 7:00 PM 18:00 6:00 PM 17:00 5:00 PM
21:00 9:00 PM 20:00 8:00 PM 19:00 7:00 PM 18:00 6:00 PM
22:00 10:00 PM 21:00 9:00 PM 20:00 8:00 PM 19:00 7:00 PM
23:00 11:00 PM 22:00 10:00 PM 21:00 9:00 PM 20:00 8:00 PM

Department of Transportation Press Release — January 18, 2006

DOT Announces Final Decision on Indiana Time Zone Proposals

After five months, 22 hours of public hearing testimony and more than 6,000 public comments, the U.S. Department of Transportation today announced a final rule that will change the clock for eight of 17 Indiana counties seeking to move to the Central time zone.

The Indiana counties of Daviess, Dubois, Knox, Martin, Perry, Pike, Pulaski and Starke will move from the Eastern to Central time zone beginning April 2, when the nation switches to daylight saving time, according to the final rule to be published in the Federal Register on Friday, Jan. 20. Nine other counties that asked the Department to make the change, including Carroll, Cass, Fulton, Lawrence, Marshall, Sullivan, St. Joseph, Vermillion and White, will remain in the Eastern time zone, the Department decided.

This rule reflects careful consideration of every public comment we received, said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta.

The Department’s final decision follows public hearings held last November in Jasper, Logansport, South Bend and Terre Haute, as well as a review of written and video–taped comments collected from residents.

Under the Uniform Time Act of 1966, the Secretary of Transportation has the authority to set time–zone boundaries and must base decisions on the convenience of commerce.

Seventeen Indiana counties asked the Department last September to change from Eastern to Central time. On Oct. 25, the Department issued a notice proposing Knox, Perry, Pike, St. Joseph and Starke counties move from Eastern to Central time, and made no change to time zones in the remaining 12 counties.

In its final rule, the Department decided against changing St. Joseph County’s time zone based on comments received at the public hearings and in writing. The Department said a critical factor was additional comment from local leaders who initially sought a change in the time zone but also wanted to be on the same time as Elkhart, Kosciusko and Marshall counties and communities in Michigan which observe Eastern time.

While the Department’s proposed rule did not approve requests for changing the time zones for Daviess, Dubois, Martin and Pulaski counties, subsequent information provided by the counties and residents supported the case for moving the counties to the Central time zone.

The final rule, proposed rule, county petitions, comments and other documents in this case are available on the Internet at http://dms.dot.gov, docket OST-2005-22114

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