I may not be 65, but I really enjoy an early bird dinner (round here we call the evening meal supper). I will happily eat supper at 4:30pm. Eating earlier gives my body a chance to burn off the calories. I feel better and sleep better.  And I'm sure it also has something to do with getting up early to host a morning show.

I wake up at 5:00am and usually have coffee for breakfast. Some days I make a protein smoothie at 11:00am. I try to eat a snack at 1:00pm and have dinner between 4:30 and 5:30p. I ALWAYS have dessert round 6:00pm. And I've had a personal rule for many years to never eat after 7:00pm. (Unless I'm on vacation, then all rules go out the window! Right?)

I prefer an earlier time. We are all on different schedules though. I know dinner time varies around the world (Europeans eat later), and I was curious if dinner time was different within the United States, and if so, by how much. Who eats the earliest? Who eats the latest?

Lunch time seems to be heavily concentrated around noon everywhere, but it looks like dinner time varies by state.

Post-pandemic, people seem to be defying the age-old tale that early diners are older in age — and are catching onto the benefits of eating earlier.

America’s newest trend is sure to delight early birds.

Demand is up for an earlier start time for dining out, meaning everyone gets to go home sooner rather than later.

The Wall Street Journal reported restaurants are seating 10% of diners between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., up 5% from 2019, according to Yelp.

More and more Americans prefer to eat dinner on the early side these days, but people in one state eat earlier than anywhere else ... and it's actually not Florida!

Most Americans eat dinner between 5:07 p.m. and 8:19 p.m. Peak dinner time is 6:19 p.m.

Based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Pennsylvania eats dinner earlier on average than any other state. The average dinner time in Pennsylvania is 5:37 p.m. It's unclear why Pennsylvanians eat dinner so early, but one researcher believes it may have something to do with the state’s vast range of work and commuting schedules. After Pennsylvania, people in Maine eat dinner at 5:40 p.m.

North Dakota tied for 3rd earliest at 6:00pm along with Vermont, Wyoming, New Mexico and Alaska.

Montana is 7th earliest at 6:05pm.

Washington, D.C., has the latest average dinner time at 7:10 p.m.

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