Show Off Your State Smarts by Acing This Capitals Quiz!


By: Gavin Thagard

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

From sea to shining sea, the United States is a beautiful country with breathtaking landscapes, an array of cultures and some of the greatest cities in the world. Do you know which of those cities are the capitals of each state? Here's your chance to find out just that!

It's hard to deny the diversity of the United States. After all, the country was pretty much founded on the basic principle of promoting individuality and uniqueness, and nothing shows the diverse nature of the United States better than the cities of the country, particularly the state capitals where most of the dealings of a state take place. 

Are you an expert on all of the capitals across the country? Have you spent time traveling to each of them where you immerse yourself in the various ways of life that the United States has to offer as you look for a reminder now of which states held your favorite capitals? Are you just trying to see if you can still pass that eighth-grade capitals quiz that they made you take in school? 

No matter your reasoning, this quiz has something for everyone. If you're ready for this state capitals challenge, get started and show off your knowledge of the United States!

Though it's not the largest city in the state, what's the capital of Alabama?

Though the state doesn't have a professional team, football is wildly popular in Alabama, particularly college football. If you live in the state, the residents will tell you that you have to choose between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Auburn Tigers.


If you're trying to go to the northeastern U.S., you can't go further than Maine. What's the capital of the state?

Though it's not the capital, no city in the United States is further east than Eastport, Maine. The city gets credit for receiving the first sunlight every morning.


Often called the "Lone Star State," what's the capital of Texas?

Texas borders Mexico along the Rio Grande. The area that makes up Texas was annexed into the United States in 1845.


Home to the highest point in the Rocky Mountains, what's the capital of Colorado?

Denver is uniquely situated one mile above sea level. The lighter air at this height is great if you're trying to throw a football downfield​.


The last state to join the Union, what's the capital of Hawaii?

Honolulu is one of the most famous tourist destinations in the United States. Surfing attracts many of the tourists, as Honolulu has some of the best waves in the world.


Once called New Netherland when it was controlled by the Dutch, what's the capital of New York?

New York City, the largest city in New York, is home to the Statue of Liberty. The copper statue was given to the United States by France in 1886 as a symbol of justice and liberty for all.


A popular swing state during the elections, what's the capital of Ohio?

Born and raised in Akron, Ohio, NBA star Lebron James spent much of his career with the Cleveland Cavaliers. James helped the team win its first NBA championship in 2016.


Louisiana is home to the tallest state capital building in the U.S. Where's it located?

Baton Rogue is the home of Louisiana State University. LSU hosted the 1983 Special Olympics International Summer Games, which lasted from July 12 to July 18.


The capital of Massachusetts is also its largest city. What is the capital?

One of the most famous events leading up to the American Revolution was the Boston Tea Party. During the event, protestors of the Tea Act passed by Great Britain threw thousands of pounds of tea into the Boston Harbor.


You'll find the best peaches in Georgia, but what's the capital of the state?

Atlanta, Georgia has become the hub of hip hop and rap music in the South. Artists like T.I., Lil' John, and Killer Mike are all from Atlanta.


Known for vast amounts of rain, what's the capital of Washington?

Washington sits on the boarder of Canada and the Pacific Ocean. Though Olympia is the capital, the largest city is Seattle.


What's the capital of Nevada, a state known for gambling?

Las Vegas, Nevada is the center of gambling in the United States. The city has even received the nickname "Sin City," as everyone knows "what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas."


You'll find plenty of sunshine in Florida. What's the state capital, though?

Orlando, Florida is home to Walt Disney World, a large resort with multiple theme parks. The resort is one of the most visited in the world.


The birthplace of former president Bill Clinton, what's the capital of Arkansas?

Arkansas is all about preserving its landscape. The state has six national forests with millions of acres of land. Hot Springs National Park and Arkansas Grand Canyon are two of the more popular.


There's nothing like that Arizona desert, but what's the capital of the state?

Arizona is home to the famed Wild West city of Tombstone. The city was part of a shootout between the Earp Brothers and the Cowboys known as the gunfight at the O.K. Corral in 1881.


Known as "The Sooner State," what's the capital of Oklahoma?

The NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder play in the capital of Oklahoma. The Thunder are led by point guard Russell Westbrook who has been with the team since he was drafted in 2008.


The home of country music, what's the capital of Tennessee?

Nashville, Tennessee is home to the Grand Ole Opry, a country music broadcast first launched in 1925. That makes it the longest-running​ radio broadcast in the United States.


One of the original 13 colonies, what's the capital of South Carolina?

South Carolina was the birthplace of President Andrew Jackson. Jackson is known for his opposition to the national bank and signing Indian Removal into law.


The largest state in terms of population, what's the capital of California?

The California Gold Rush in the late 1840s and '50s brought around 300,000 people to the state. California's population increased so quickly, in fact, that it was admitted to the Union in 1850.


Known as the home of the automobile, what's the capital of Michigan?

Detroit is the largest city in Michigan and helped launch the American car industry. However, as foreign cars grew more popular, the Detroit economy took a major turn for the worse and hasn't been able to recover.


The birthplace of Abraham Lincoln, what's the capital of Kentucky?

The Kentucky Derby is a popular horse racing event that takes place in Louisville, Kentucky. The event has been held every year on the first Saturday in May since 1875.


Home to various battles in the Civil War, what's the capital of Maryland?

Annapolis, Maryland is the original home of the United States Naval Academy. The school was founded there in 1845 under Secretary of the Navy George Bancroft.


Named after the Mississippi River, what's the capital of Mississippi?

In 1964, James D. Hardy transplanted a chimpanzee's heart into the chest of a man named Boyd Rush at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. The heart beat for nearly an hour before it finally quit.


Added to the Union in 1859, what's the capital of Oregon?

Oregon is home to Crater Lake, the deepest lake in the United States. The lake was once a volcano that collapsed thousands of years ago.


The smallest U.S. state, what's the capital of Rhode Island?

Rhode Island became a state on May 29, 1790. That made it the thirteenth U.S. state and the last of the Thirteen Colonies to become a state.


With more former presidents than any other state, what's the capital of Virginia?

Four of the first five Presidents of the United States were from Virginia, including George Washington. Washington retired back to his mansion at Mount Vernon in Virginia after leaving the presidency.


Located in the Midwestern United States, what's the capital of Kansas?

Susanna M. Salter is believed to be the first woman to serve as mayor in the United States. She was mayor of Argonia, Kansas from 1887 until 1888.


The residents of Indiana are often called Hoosiers. What's the capital of their state?

Indiana was home to the first long-distance auto race in the United States. It took place at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 30, 1911.


Named after William Penn, what's the capital of Pennsylvania?

The Liberty Bell rang out across Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 8, 1776. The bell signaled the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence.


Connecticut was the fifth state admitted to the Union. What's the capital?

Connecticut was one of only two states to not initially ratify the 18th Amendment which signaled prohibition. Of course, the 18th Amendment would later be repealed by the 21st Amendment, ending prohibition across the entire country.


West Virginia split from Virginia during the Civil War. What's the capital of the once-divided​ state?

The Federal Industrial Institution for Women was the first federal prison for women in the United States. It opened in Alderson, West Virginia in 1927.


Nicknamed the "Garden State," what is the capital of New Jersey?

New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the U.S. That population is situated in urban areas which make up most of the state.


Alaska is the largest U.S. state in terms of area. What's its capital?

Alaska was purchased by the United States from Russia in 1867. It was bought by Secretary of State William H. Seward for $7.2 million.


One of the rockiest states in the U.S., what's the capital of Utah?

The first Kentucky Fried Chicken was located in Salt Lake City, Utah and not in Kentucky. It was opened by Pete Harman, a friend of Colonel Sanders.


The very first U.S. state, what's the capital of Delaware?

Delaware is home to members of the Nanticoke tribe. The Nanticoke Indian Association has been located in the state since 1922.


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