What Is the Difference Between Central and Pacific Time?

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The difference between Central and Pacific time is two hours. Central time is two hours ahead of Pacific time. The Pacific time zone is mainly comprised of the U.S. states on the West Coast along with parts of Canada and Mexico, while the Central time zone includes U.S. states such as Arkansas, Iowa, Illinois and Missouri, as well as a significant portion of Canada, Central America and the Caribbean Islands.

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