Bonus Question:  Why?

If sunset in Boise, Idaho is 9:30 p.m. on June 21, and 9:03 p.m in Minneapolis the same day, that must mean Boise is further north, right?


Minneapolis is (further north), by about 100 miles.

Instead, the sunset difference is due entirely to each city’s relative location within its time zone.

A Matter of Latitude Longitude

So, Boise (latitude 43º) sits at the very western end of Mountain time; just 50 miles away in eastern Oregon, it’s Pacific Standard Time.

By contrast, Minneapolis (latitude 45º) is located roughly in the middle of Central Standard Time.

P.S.: Wanna guess where I visited recently?   🙂

See also, “Is That 8 a.m. Mountain, or 8 a.m. Pacific?“; and “Parking Puzzle.”

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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