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How well do you know the State Capitals?

States and Capitals

How well do you know your states and capitals when it comes to the subject of USA civics and geography? Many don't really give it a second thought. I hadn't for many years, then one night I was watching NOVA, and something piqued my interest. I can't even say what, because I was watching an episode about whether or not Pluto was a planet, called 'The Pluto Files.'

How I made the leap to state Capitals from that airing is beyond me, but it got me thinking. And this Hub is the result.

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Take the State Capital Quiz

On the right side of the page there is a quiz for anybody who wants to challenge their own knowledge of the State Capitals. Now, it would be easy for anybody to glean answers by checking out one of the maps on this page or to simply read all the State Capitals listed further down, but why cheat?

Memorizing the state capitals is something that has occupied my thoughts on occasion over the years, though I must admit that some of them slip my mind from time to time.

Fortunately, we now have the internet to help make learning things like this a snap for us and our children. If I had the internet growing up, things in my life would be significantly different I believe, just from a professional and educational stand-point.

So, take the quiz and see where you stand and just how knowledgeable you really are...

50 States & Capitals
50 States & Capitals

State Capitals Poll

How many state capitals could you name from memory

  • 1 - Everybody knows their home-state capital!
  • Up to 10
  • Up to 20
  • Up to 30
  • Up to 40
  • All 50 of 'em
  • I suck at memory challenges!
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States and capitals listed

It's okay if you don't have the states and their capitals memorized, or even if you can't read the map above. I will take the time out of my busy day to list each one of them here, alphabetically.

Alabama State Capital - Montgomery

Alaska State Capital - Juneau

Arizona State Capital - Phoenix

Arkansas State Capital - Little Rock

California State Capital - Sacramento

Colorado State Capital - Denver

Connecticut State Capital - Hartford

Delaware State Capital - Dover

Florida State Capital - Tallahassee

Georgia State Capital - Atlanta

Hawaii State Capital - Honolulu

Idaho State Capital - Boise

Illinois State Capital - Springfield

Indiana State Capital - Indianapolis

Iowa State Capital - Des Moines

Kansas State Capital - Topeka

Kentucky State Capital - Frankfort

Louisiana State Capital - Baton Rouge

Maine State Capital - Augusta

Maryland State Capital - Annapolis

Massachusetts State Capital - Boston

Michigan State Capital - Lansing

Minnesota State Capital - St. Paul

Mississippi State Capital - Jackson

Missouri State Capital - Jefferson City

Montana State Capital - Helena

Nebraska State Capital - Lincoln

Nevada State Capital - Carson City

New Hampshire Capital - Concord

New Jersey State Capital - Trenton

New Mexico State Capital - Santa Fe

New York State Capital - Albany

North Carolina State Capital - Raleigh

North Dakota State Capital - Bismarck

Ohio State Capital - Columbus

Oklahoma State Capital - Oklahoma City

Oregon State Capital - Salem

Pennsylvania State Capital - Harrisburg

Rhode Island State Capital - Providence

South Carolina State Capital - Columbia

South Dakota State Capital - Pierre

Tennessee State Capital - Nashville

Texas State Capital - Austin

Utah State Capital - Salt Lake City

Vermont State Capital - Montpelier

Virginia State Capital - Richmond

Washington State Capital - Olympia

West Virginia State Capital - Charleston

Wisconsin State Capital - Madison

Wyoming State Capital - Cheyenne

Some we know by heart, some jump out at us as constant surprises, and some just don't sound familiar at all. But there they are, listed in all their glory for anybody to see. How many do you think you know by heart? Shoot back up to the upper right part of this page and take the quiz and find out if you've retained anything from today's lesson.


50 States and Capitals
50 States and Capitals

I guess it may seem a bit like child's play at first glance, but possessing a grasp of the little things in life makes for some interesting conversation starters. I can't tell you how many times tiny little things like this come up when I'm behind the bar, slinging drinks, trying to get people tipsy for a living.

It's times like those when I shrug my shoulders and think to myself how nice it would have been to get this stuff 'down pat' the first time around, when I was in school, back when it mattered and I could transfer the information into my long-term memory.

Just a thought. Hope you enjoyed the info...

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GojiJuiceGoodness 6 years ago from Roanoke, Virginia

Great hub & I love the test widget!


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Canklefish 6 years ago from East Coast Author

Thanks Goji, I had a lot of fun putting this Hub together, and especially the Quiz.

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