What Town in Indiana has Two Time Zones?

While those on the Buckeye side of State Line Street are governed by Eastern Time, their Hoosier counterparts on the other side of the two-lane concrete belt step up to Eastern Standard Time. There are a lot of things to think about when you're thinking about living in Indianapolis. You have the obvious factors, such as schools and employment opportunities, or where to look when buying a home. But there are also less obvious things to keep in mind, warnings that only a local can let you in.

Like how brutally cold the winds are in the grassland geography of central Indiana. Or what neighborhoods are best to live in for your particular lifestyle? But one of the most significant controversies about living in Indianapolis that you probably won't consider until you live there are the multiple time zones within the state of Indiana. You may have already looked at a map and realized there are parts of Indiana in Central and Eastern Time.

It also might not seem like a big deal. After all, if you live in the greater Indy area, it's in the same time zone as most of the rest of the state, so why should the other parts of the state within three hours of you affect you? Unfortunately, think again, because it can get confusing at some point. I've outlined some of the ways that time zones in Indiana can get murky, and I hope I can give you an idea of what the reality of time difference looks like for a local. Indiana is one of thirteen states in the U.S.

UU. That is within multiple time zones. Indeed, it looks more like three time zones, because both the northern and southern parts of the state are in Central Time, with a large section cut in the middle that is in Eastern Time. To make it even more confusing, the state capital and the seat of state government are in Eastern Time, while much of the state is not.

Most of the state is in Eastern Time (80 of the 92 counties), but some of the most populated parts of the state are in Central Time. When Indiana residents travel within the state or try to watch a broadcast from Indianapolis, it's a constant pain to remember the time zone difference. The Indiana side of the area surrounding Chicago, known to Hoosiers as “The Region,” is also in Central Time. Most of the region is about three hours from Indianapolis, not far enough to merit a time change.

A large portion of Indiana's population lives in this populated area, which means that all of these suburbs and cities are in a different time zone than the state capitol. Once Indiana became a daylight-saving state, drawing the boundaries of the two local time zones wasn't exactly easy. Apparently, drawing the line to state lines is the most intuitive option. But because Indiana is so long, there are many different cities and lifestyles within it, just like California.

Most of the state is in Eastern Time, keeping it in the same time zone as many other large Midwestern cities, such as Columbus, Louisville, and Detroit. The tip of the boot, or the southwestern tip of the state, is closer to big cities like St. Louis, Springfield and Nashville, so it makes sense for this part of the state to be in Central Time. Northwest Indiana cities are in Central Time because they are so close to Chicago.

Being in the same time zone as this large metropolis nearby was the most logical option. If you live in Indiana, this seems like the most reasonable way to divide the state. But for those traveling, especially if heading to Indy from another part of the state, it can be extremely confusing. For much of the year, you won't even notice daylight saving time, and that's intentional.

Some consider the practice of moving clocks forward or backward by one hour to preserve daylight to be old-fashioned. Originally, daylight saving time was used to help farmers take advantage of daytime growing hours in a day. By changing the business hours of the day to better fit the daylight hours, everyone, not just farmers, could benefit from seemingly longer days. Not only do we benefit from this system in our workday, but humans receive an advantage on a much deeper evolutionary level.

People, like apes, our closest relative in the animal kingdom, are diurnal, which means that our brains are designed to be awake and active during the day. Daylight stimulates our brain and helps us think and be productive, just as it once helped our ancestors hunt, gather and travel long distances. Fill out our contact form and we will contact you as soon as possible to begin your journey of buying or selling a home in Indy Our bodies use another evolutionary product, the Circadian Rhythm, to know when we should be awake and when we should sleep. Even a self-proclaimed night owl has within him this natural body clock, which tells him to be awake when the sun rises.

We can train for any schedule, such as working a night shift, but this notion of “awake during the day, asleep during the night” will always be the default configuration of our brain. While there are many benefits of daylight saving time, the closer you get to the time of change, the more frustrating the impending change can be. For example, before the time changes in late fall, it may seem like it's getting dark before you can get home and start cooking dinner. Children only have a couple of hours to play outside before losing the light.

Not to mention, it's frankly frustrating to feel like you spend half the night in the dark. Crazy time zones and all that, Indianapolis is a wonderful place to call home. If you think you are ready to move in please contact me, I would love to help you find your dream home in the greater Indy area. Save my name, email and website in this browser for the next time I comment.

In the late 1940s, the use of daylight saving time, known as fast time, became popular in cities. Indiana is officially in the central time zone, but some communities choose to follow fast time throughout the year, essentially aligning with the Eastern time zone. . .

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