Central Time and Eastern Time are two time zones that differ by an hour. Central Time is one hour behind Eastern Time. Central Time is the time zone used in the Central Time Zone, which includes the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas. Eastern Time is the time zone used in the Eastern Time Zone, which includes the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Both time zones observe Daylight Saving Time, and when Daylight Saving Time is in effect, Central Time is two hours behind Eastern Time. When Daylight Saving Time is not in effect, Central Time is one hour behind Eastern Time. Central Time is also referred to as Central Standard Time or CST, while Eastern Time is referred to as Eastern Standard Time or EST.