Quiz: How Much Do You Know About US State Capitals?
How Much Do You Know About US State Capitals?
By: Maria Trimarchi
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About This Quiz

The United States has fifty state capitals and each has its own unique flavor, tradition and style. From small to large, these state capitals captivate the imagination, have historic achievements and will broaden your horizons. Think you know a ton about the U.S. capitals? Let's see how much you really know!

Do you know which state capital's residents are called Pierrites? Or, which state capital is located at the geographic center of its state? While every state capital is unique, some have popular local traditions that are only experienced in that state. For example, do you know which capital drops a giant lighted potato on New Years instead of a traditional lighted ball?

The capital of some states is often considered the biggest city with the best representation of the people, but history has something else to say about this. Do you know which state capitals are not the biggest cities in their states? Or can you name the five state capitals California has had in the past, before its current state capital? Yes, you read that right: California has had six different capitals throughout its history. 

So, if you think your topic on Friday quiz night is State Capitals, then you need to take this quiz to see if you really have what it takes!

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Nicknamed the Mile High City, which state capital has more than 300 days of sunshine, on average, every year?
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Which U.S. state capital rings in the new year by dropping a giant lighted potato instead of the traditional lighted ball?
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Birmingham may be more densely populated, but it's which city that's the capital of the state of Alabama?
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Which state capital, located in the Sonoran Desert, doesn't follow daylight saving time?
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Unlike the state it's in, which city and capital of Florida experiences all four seasons?
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On which island is Hawaii's capital of Honolulu?
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Which capital city is located at the geographic center of the state of Arkansas?
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A resident of the capital of South Dakota is known as what?
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Monterey, Vallejo, Benicia, San Francisco, and San Jose were all the state capitals of California before which capital, today?
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Which of these southern cities and state capital of Georgia has more than 55 streets with the name "Peachtree"?
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Which New England state capital is home of the oldest continuously operating newspaper, the Courant?
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Which East Coast capital city is home to a race track that's hosted at least two NASCAR races every year since 1969?
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Which state capital is known for the landmark Supreme Court case, Brown v. Board of Education, ending segregation in U.S. public schools?
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Which state capital is home to the United States Naval Academy, since 1845?
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First, the capital was Kaskaskia. Then Vandalia. Which was the third -- and current -- city to become the capital of Illinois?
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Which city, located within a four-hour drive of the New York, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. metro areas, is the capital city of Pennsylvania?
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Which city is not only the capital of New Hampshire, but also home to the World's Largest Meatball?
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Which southern capital city is one of four cities in the world chosen to host the International Ballet Competition?
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Which city is the state capital with the highest elevation?
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Which of these state capitals is named for Christopher Columbus, and nicknamed Cowtown and Cbus?
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There are no roads connecting which state capital to the rest of the state?
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The game of basketball was invented in Springfield, Massachusetts. But it was in which New Jersey city, its capital, where the first professional game was played?
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Although Minneapolis is a bigger city, it's not the state capital. Which is Minnesota's capital city?
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Which state capital is the only U.S. capital with three words in its name?
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Before it was named for the Duke of York, which settlement -- and now capital of New York -- was called "Beverwyck"?
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Which city and state capital of Texas is considered to be the Live Music Capital of the World?
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During the U.S. Civil War, which current state capital of Virginia served as the capital of the Confederate States of America?
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Before they became the Red Sox, which capital city's baseball team was known as the Americans, the Pilgrims, the Puritans, the Plymouth Rocks and the Somersets?
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Which city is the smallest state capital in the U.S., but the biggest producer of maple syrup in the country?
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Which Iowa city isn't only the state capital, but home to the Iowa State Fair?
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Which capital city is also the most populous city in West Virginia?
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Nebraska's capital city was originally named Lancaster, but was renamed to honor which president after his assassination?
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Officially nicknamed, "The Capital of Southern Hospitality," which capital city was one of the first planned cities in the U.S.?
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The original capital of Indiana was Corydon, but only for four years. Which city has been the capital since?
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