The Time in Kentucky
Kentucky actually has 2 time zones — the Central and Eastern Time Zones to be exact. Approximately 60% of Kentucky is located in the Eastern Time Zone with the remaining 40% of Kentucky in the Central Time Zone.
As a general rule, the western part of Kentucky (left side) is located in the Central Time zone while eastern part of Kentucky (right side) is located in the Eastern Time zone. But there are exceptions to the rule.
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What Time Is It In Kentucky? There Are 2 Time Zones
The time in Kentucky can actually be a little bit confusing.
Any Kentucky County that is 100% east of 86°30'W is in the Eastern Time Zone — but there are 11 counties to which this rule does not apply.
All other Kentucky Counties plus the 11 counties mentioned are in the Central Time Zone.
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|A map of Kentucky. You can also download this map in PDF format.|
The 2 Time Zones in Kentucky
|Time Zone||Major Cities|
|Eastern Time||Ashland, Bardstown, Berea, Burlington, Covington, Danville, Elizabethtown, Erlanger, Florence, Fort Knox, Frankfort, Georgetown, Independence, Jeffersontown, Lawrenceburg, Lexington, Louisville, Lyndon, Middlesboro, Newport, Nicholasville, Radcliff, Richmond, Shelbyville, Shepherdsville, Shively, Somerset, Winchester|
|Central Time||Bowling Green, Central City, Fort Campbell, Franklin, Glasgow, Henderson, Hopkinsville, Leitchfield, Madisonville, Mayfield, Murray, Owensboro, Paducah, Princeton, Russellville|
Time Zone Data
|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|
| Notice how Kentucky's time zones are divided on an angle? This is because all but 11 counties east of 86°30'W are in the Eastern Time Zone. This creates an angle effect. The orange part of the map shows the |
Central Time Zonewhile the green part of the map shows the
Eastern Time Zone.
Daylight Saving Time
All of Kentucky 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.
Kentucky Time Zone Chart
By usig 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 (left and bottom of Kentucky) and the Eastern Time Zone (the right and top of Kentucky).
Click a heading to sort the table.
|Eastern Time||Central Time||Mountain Time||Pacific Time|
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|17:00||5:00 PM||16:00||4:00 PM||15:00||3:00 PM||14:00||2:00 PM|
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|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|