Quiz: Do you remember the names of all 50 state capitals?
Do you remember the names of all 50 state capitals?
By: Abi Luftig
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About This Quiz

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!

Every kid ends up being asked to memorize a list of state capitals back in elementary school, but being able to spout off the capital of a certain state years later can be quite a challenge. Also, the largest and most popular cities in a state aren't actually the governmental capital.

Adding to the capital confusion is the fact that state capitals can change over time. Take Philadelphia 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 D.C. (District of Columbia.)

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!

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