Consider yourself a geography whiz? Are you a frequent traveler who can find your way around the country without breaking a sweat? Prove your knowledge of the USA and its 50 states with our state capitals quiz!
Sure, every kid ends up being asked to memorize a list of state capitals back in school, but being able to spout off the capital of a certain state years after that test has ended can be quite a challenge. Further complicating things is the fact that in many states, the big cities you hear about on the news every day aren't necessarily the official capitals. Not convinced? Consider New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Chicago, and Miami. All of these cities routinely make headlines, and serve as major centers for business, culture, and tourism -- but not a single one is the official administrative hub of its respective state.
Adding to the capital confusion is the fact that state capitals can change over time. Take Philly for example; through the end of the 18th century, the city was not only the capital of Pennsylvania, but also the capital of the entire U.S. Once the 1800s hit, however, the state capital was moved to Lancaster, and then to its current location (we can't tell you), while the nation's administrative hub moved to Washington DC.
The same is true for California and San Jose. In the mid-19th century, the city served as the state capital. San Jose may be the heart of Silicon Valley, but it lost its state capital crown more than 150 years ago.
Think you know which cities serve as the capital of each state today? Take our quiz to prove your state capital IQ!