Can You Find All These U.S. Capitals on a Map?

By: Tasha Moore

Can You Find All These U.S. Capitals on a Map?
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About This Quiz

Do you know your longitude from your latitude? Have you been itching to flex some geography muscle lately? Well, here's your chance! Take this U.S. capitals quiz and score big matching the correct capital cities with their respective states. The states on this geo-quiz span America from east to west, north to south. It's also a good time to get reacquainted with your bodies of water. Small streams, rivers, and tributaries are frequently mentioned here. 

There are enough proximity and directional clues in this quiz for you to guess each answer correctly, so there's no need to whip out your trusty map just yet. We've also gifted nondescript county names, to boot. You are most welcome, but you won't need those utterly helpful names to ace this quiz. GPS systems will have nothing on you after you finish this super easy, super fun globe-trotting exercise. 

Did you know that Boston is the capital city of Massachusetts or that Baton Rouge, and not New Orleans, is the capital city of Louisiana? If you didn't, then tread carefully and don't lean on name familiarity this time around. Scroll on and guess to impress!


Sacramento What is the north-central capital of California that's nestled in the Sacramento Valley 90 miles northeast of San Francisco?
Fresno
Sacramento
The capital city of Sacramento in California is situated at the confluence of the American and Sacramento Rivers in the Sacramento Valley. The city has a population of 466,488.
San Jose
Oakland

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Tallahasse Florida's capital city is located 200 miles east of Pensacola in the northern panhandle region of the state. What is its name?
Tallahassee
Tallahassee, Florida, lies 178 miles to the west of Jacksonville. Tallahassee is 150 feet above sea level and has a population of 181,376.
Orlando
Miami
Tampa

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Montpelier The capital city of Vermont lies in a valley in the center of the state? Can you identify this city?
Rutland City
Burlington
Montpelier
Montpelier is the seat of Washington County in Vermont. This capital city is located in the northern region of the state. Montpelier was named after Montpellier, a European city located in southern France.
Stratton

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Jackson The capital city of Mississippi is located along the west bank of the Pearl River. Can you choose the right name?
Biloxi
Gulfport
Jackson
Jackson, Mississippi, is the seat of Hinds County and lies 45 miles east of the Mississippi River. New Orleans is 180 miles south of Jackson.
Oxford

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Indianapolis The state capital of Indiana has a population of 820,445 and lies in the state's center. Which of these cities is the correct answer?
Evansville
Terre Haute
Gary
Indianapolis
Indianapolis is situated east of the White River in the center of Indiana. Diverging roads span out from Monument Circle, which lies in the middle of this capital city.

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Bismarck The capital city of North Dakota is on the Missouri River. Can you guess the name of this city?
Minot
Mandan
Bismarck
Bismarck is 27 square miles and 1,700 feet above sea level. This capital city is situated on the east bank of the Missouri River.
Fargo

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Denver The capital of Colorado is in the northeast center of the state in the high plains region. What is the name of this city?
Boulder
Aurora
Denver
Denver lies along the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains. It's both a capital city and county of the state. The South Platte River splits the city of Denver, creating small bodies of water throughout the area.
Greeley

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Baton Rouge It borders the Mississippi River and is the capital city of Louisiana. Can you identify the correct name?
Baton Rouge
The Mississippi River lies to the west of Baton Rouge. This capital city is located in southeastern Louisiana and has a population of 229,493.
Lafayette
Shreveport
Metairie

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Austin The Colorado River flows through the center of this Texas capital city. What is the city's name?
Waco
Austin
Austin is the seat of Travis County and capital of Texas. It's where the Colorado River intersects the Balcones Escarpment.
Dallas
Houston

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Lincoln The latitude of Nebraska's capital city is 40.8136 and the longitude is -96.7026. Can you identify the city's name?
Omaha
North Platte
Lincoln
Lincoln is Nebraska's capital city. It is located in the southeastern region of the state. Omaha, Nebraska, lies approximately 60 miles northeast of Lincoln.
Beatrice

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Springfield The Sangamon River flows through the capital city of Illinois. What is the capital city's name?
Rockford
Peoria
Springfield
Springfield is situated in central Illinois. It has a population of 116,250 and is the seat of Sangamon County.
Joliet

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Boston The capital city of the Commonwealth​ of Massachusetts is the county seat of Suffolk County. What is the capital city of Massachusetts?
Lowell
Salem
Boston
The latitude of Boston is 42.3601 and the longitude is -71.0589. This capital city was founded in 1630, and it's a port located on Massachusetts Bay.
Cambridge

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Augusta The Kennebec River divides this capital city of Maine. What is the name of this city?
Augusta
Augusta, Maine, is 120 feet above sea level and is approximately 55 square miles. The city lies on the Kennebec River, approximately 44 miles northwest of Rockland.
Lewiston
Bar Harbor
Rockland

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Albany New York's capital is situated along the Hudson River. Can you name the capital city?
Buffalo
Rochester
Albany
Albany is the seat of Albany County in the state of New York. Manhattan is located 143 miles south of Albany.
Utica

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Jefferson City Which city is the capital of Missouri with a population of 43,079?
Jefferson City
Jefferson City, Missouri, is named after former U.S. president Thomas Jefferson. This capital city lies on the Missouri River.
St. Louis
Branson
Independence

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Madison Wisconsin's capital city is the state's second-largest city. Can you guess the name of this capital?
Appleton
Madison
The latitude of Madison, Wisconsin is 43.0731 and the longitude is -89.4012. Madison sits on an isthmus in the center of Wisconsin between Lake Monona and Lake Mendota.
Green Bay
Racine

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Honolulu The capital city of Hawaii is the most densely populated city in the state? Can you guess its name?
Hilo
Honolulu
Honolulu borders Oahu Island along the southern shoreline. The capital city of Hawaii is also the state's main port and has a population of 390,738.
Kihei
Kailua

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Raleigh Which is the seat of Wake County and the capital city of North Carolina?
Charlotte
Wilmington
Raleigh
Raleigh, North Carolina, is 167 miles east of Charlotte and ​located at the eastern center of the state. Raleigh's terrain is primarily pine woods.
Cary

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Harrisburg The capital city of Pennsylvania is nestled along the east bank of the Susquehanna River. What is the name of this place?
Philadelphia
Lancaster
Harrisburg
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, lies 107 miles west of Philadelphia. The latitude of Harrisburg is 40.2732 and the longitude is -76.8867. Harrisburg is the seat of Dauphin County.
Pittsburgh

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Olympia What place is divided by Capitol Lake and is the capital city of the state of Washington?
Seattle
Olympia
Washington state's capital city Olympia sits 221 feet above sea level. The city surrounds the southern shores of the Budd Inlet, which is the lower region of the Puget Sound.
Tacoma
Spokane

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Lansing The capital city of Michigan is positioned where Red Cedar tributary connects with Grand River. Can you name this capital city?
Lansing
Lansing is located in the south central region of Michigan. This capital city sits 880 feet above sea level. Detroit is approximately 90 miles east of Michigan's capital.
Detroit
Flint
Dearborn

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Richmond James River bisects Virginia's capital city. Can you identify this capital's name?
Norfolk
Arlington
Richmond
Richmond, Virginia, is situated in the eastern portion of the state. Richmond lies several feet above sea level, which increases to 312 feet in the westernmost area of the capital city.
Alexandria

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Trenton The capital city of New Jersey sits snug along the eastern edge of the Delaware River. Can you guess the name of this city?
Edison
Atlantic City
Trenton
Trenton, New Jersey, lies on the western edge of the state, which borders Pennsylvania. Philadelphia is approximately 33 miles southwest of Trenton.
Paterson

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Juneau Alaska's capital city rests on the Gastineau Channel. What is the name of this place?
Homer
Barrow
Anchorage
Juneau
Juneau, Alaska, is located in the southeastern region of the state. The latitude for Juneau is 58.3019 and the longitude is -134.4197. Juneau is also considered a borough of Alaska.

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Atlanta The capital of Georgia state sits in the state's north-central region. Can you guess the name of this capital city?
Macon
Savannah
Atlanta
The Chattahoochee River outlines the northwestern border of Atlanta, Georgia. This capital city has a population of 420,003.
Valdosta

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Montgomery The capital city of Alabama sits slightly southeast of the state's center. Can you guess the name?
Montgomery
Montgomery, Alabama, is positioned 221 feet above sea level. The Alabama River borders the city's northeastern edge.
Mobile
Auburn
Hoover

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Annapolis This port city is fixed on the bank of the Severn River in central Maryland. What is the name of this capital city?
Bethesda
Baltimore
Annapolis
Annapolis, Maryland, borders the west bank of the Severn River, which spills into the Chesapeake Bay. Annapolis lies approximately 32 miles southeast of Baltimore.
Bowie

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Salem Which Oregon city is the capital that's set 171 feet above sea level?
Portland
Salem
The Willamette River cuts into the northwest region of Salem, Oregon. Portland lies approximately 47 miles northeast of Salem.
Bend
Medford

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Columbus The Scioto River intersects this capital city of Ohio. Can you guess the name?
Dayton
Columbus
Columbus, Ohio, includes Fairfield, Delaware, and Franklin counties. This capital city has a population of 787,033.
Toledo
Findlay

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Columbia The largest city in South Carolina is also its capital city. Can you identify it?
Greenville
Anderson
Columbia
Columbia, South Carolina, lies in the state's center, east of Lake Murray. The Broad River pierces the city's northwest region.
Rock Hill

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Frankfort The Kentucky River bisects the capital city of Kentucky. What is the name of this city?
Frankfort
Frankfort, Kentucky, lies approximately 55 miles east of Louisville. Capitol City Airport dots the northwest tip of the city.
Lexington
Paducah
Pikeville

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Topeka The Kansas River slices into the northern crown of Kansas' capital city. Can you name this city?
Wichita
Lawrence
Topeka
Topeka, Kansas, is the seat of Shawnee County​ in the northeastern region of the state. Topeka spans 56 square miles and includes several creeks, including Shunganunga and Ward.
Olathe

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Oklahoma City Stanley Draper Lake, Lake Overholser and Lake Hefner mark the landscape of this Oklahoma capital. Can you guess the name of this city?
Lawton
Tulsa
Edmond
Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City, in the center of Oklahoma, is the site of the Will Rogers World Airport. This capital city spans approximately 607 square miles and sits 1,291 feet above sea level.

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Des Moines Can you identify the name of Iowa's capital city, which has a population of 203,433?
Cedar Rapids
Iowa City
Des Moines
The latitude of Des Moines, Iowa, is 41.5868 and the longitude is -93.6250. Raccoon River and Des Moines River connect at the city's center.
Ankeny

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Cheyenne Wyoming's capital city lies at the southeast end of the state. Can you identify the name?
Casper
Jackson
Cheyenne
Cheyenne, Wyoming, is a capital city and seat of Laramie County. Cheyenne lies approximately 100 miles north of Boulder, Colorado.
Laramie

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Concord The Merrimack River runs through this capital city of New Hampshire. Can you guess its correct name?
Concord
The Merrimack and Contoocook Rivers intersect just beyond this capital city's northwest border. Concord, New Hampshire, is the seat of Merrimack County​.
Keene
Portsmouth
Lebanon

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Boise Can you identify the name of Idaho's capital city by its coordinates, which are 43.6150 latitude and -116.2023 ​longitude?
Nampa
Caldwell
Boise
Boise, Idaho, is the state's largest city. Boise is positioned on the Boise River and is 2,842 feet above sea level.
Lewiston

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Helena Montana's capital city is situated in the western central region of the state. What is the name of this capital city?
Butte
Bozeman
Helena
Helena, Montana, is approximately 190 miles northwest of Yellowstone National Park. Helena lies west of the Missouri River
Whitefish

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Dover Silver Lake is located in Delaware's capital city. What is the city's name?
Dover
Dover, Delaware, is the capital city of the state, and it's positioned in the state's north center. Wilmington is about 51 miles north of Dover.
New Castle
Lewes
Bear

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Charleston Can you identify the capital city of West Virginia which is nestled in the Allegheny mountains?
Huntington
Charleston
The Kanawha River flows through Charleston, West Virginia. The capital city sits 600 feet above sea level in the downtown area and roughly 1,100 feet above sea level in the hilly areas.
Wheeling
Fairmont

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