Current Time In California, United States: Time Difference, Time Zone
What time is it in California right now? Photo KnowInsiders

California is in the Pacific Time Zone in the United States of America (USA). US Pacific Standard Time (PST) is 8 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time ( GMT-8 ).

Do you know what time it is, California?

It’s time for new thinking about time, and time zones. By putting Proposition 7 on the Nov. 6 ballot, the Legislature has granted us this opportunity.

The measure would undo a 1949 ballot initiative that locked daylight saving time in place in California. If approved, it would present the state with three options. The first is leaving the current daylight saving in place. The other two choices would give California its own time zone, either ending daylight saving and returning to standard time year-round, or making daylight saving permanent, which would require a two-thirds vote of the Legislature and federal legislation.

The debate about daylight saving is global, with many competing arguments I don’t want to spend precious time on. Instead, I wish to convince you of something grander: California could now settle the question of what time is best, for the state and the world.

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Time Difference from California

Los Angeles



+2 hours

New York

+3 hours


+3 hours

São Paulo

+4 hours


+7 hours


+8 hours


+8 hours


+9 hours


+9 hours


+9 hours


+9 hours


+10 hours


+10 hours


+11 hours


+12.5 hours

Hong Kong

+15 hours


+15 hours


+15 hours


+16 hours


+17 hours

Time zones in the United States of America

There are six time zones in the USA altogether. In the following tables you can find the state and the appropriate time zone. There are states that lie in two zones (e.g. Florida). The times in the table are based on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) 12.00 pm. We set the clocks back, when we go west.

Time Zone



GMT = 12.00 pm

Eastern Standard Time


Connecticut, Delaware Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, Washington DC, West Virginia

07:00 am

Central Standard Time


Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Wisconsin

06:00 am

Mountain Standard Time


Arizona, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming

05:00 am

Pacific Standard Time


California, Nevada, Washington

04:00 am

Alaska Standard Time


main part of Alaska (Anchorage, Juneau, Nome)

03:00 am

Yukon Standard Time


Alaska-Hawaii Standard Time


Aleutian islands (west of Alaska), Hawaii

02:00 am

The following states lie in two time zones:

Time Zone


Eastern Standard Time and Central Standard Time

Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee

Central Standard Time and Mountain Standard Time

Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas

Mountain Standard Time and Pacific Standard Time

Idaho, Oregon

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