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

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Tasha Moore

6 Min Quiz

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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!


What is the north-central capital of California that's nestled in the Sacramento Valley 90 miles northeast of San Francisco?

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.

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Florida's capital city is located 200 miles east of Pensacola in the northern panhandle region of the state. What is its name?

Tallahassee, Florida, lies 178 miles to the west of Jacksonville. Tallahassee is 150 feet above sea level and has a population of 181,376.

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The capital city of Vermont lies in a valley in the center of the state? Can you identify this city?

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.

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The capital city of Mississippi is located along the west bank of the Pearl River. Can you choose the right name?

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.

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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?

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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The capital city of North Dakota is on the Missouri River. Can you guess the name of this city?

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.

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The capital of Colorado is in the northeast center of the state in the high plains region. What is the name of this city?

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.

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It borders the Mississippi River and is the capital city of Louisiana. Can you identify the correct name?

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.

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The Colorado River flows through the center of this Texas capital city. What is the city's name?

Austin is the seat of Travis County and capital of Texas. It's where the Colorado River intersects the Balcones Escarpment.

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The latitude of Nebraska's capital city is 40.8136 and the longitude is -96.7026. Can you identify the city's name?

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.

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The Sangamon River flows through the capital city of Illinois. What is the capital city's name?

Springfield is situated in central Illinois. It has a population of 116,250 and is the seat of Sangamon County.

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The capital city of the Commonwealth​ of Massachusetts is the county seat of Suffolk County. What is the capital city of Massachusetts?

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.

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The Kennebec River divides this capital city of Maine. What is the name of this city?

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.

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New York's capital is situated along the Hudson River. Can you name the capital city?

Albany is the seat of Albany County in the state of New York. Manhattan is located 143 miles south of Albany.

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Which city is the capital of Missouri with a population of 43,079?

Jefferson City, Missouri, is named after former U.S. president Thomas Jefferson. This capital city lies on the Missouri River.

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Wisconsin's capital city is the state's second-largest city. Can you guess the name of this capital?

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.

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The capital city of Hawaii is the most densely populated city in the state? Can you guess its name?

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.

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Which is the seat of Wake County and the capital city of North Carolina?

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.

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The capital city of Pennsylvania is nestled along the east bank of the Susquehanna River. What is the name of this place?

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.

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What place is divided by Capitol Lake and is the capital city of the state of Washington?

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.

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The capital city of Michigan is positioned where Red Cedar tributary connects with Grand River. Can you name this capital city?

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.

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James River bisects Virginia's capital city. Can you identify this capital's name?

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.

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The capital city of New Jersey sits snug along the eastern edge of the Delaware River. Can you guess the name of this city?

Trenton, New Jersey, lies on the western edge of the state, which borders Pennsylvania. Philadelphia is approximately 33 miles southwest of Trenton.

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Alaska's capital city rests on the Gastineau Channel. What is the name of this place?

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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The capital of Georgia state sits in the state's north-central region. Can you guess the name of this capital city?

The Chattahoochee River outlines the northwestern border of Atlanta, Georgia. This capital city has a population of 420,003.

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The capital city of Alabama sits slightly southeast of the state's center. Can you guess the name?

Montgomery, Alabama, is positioned 221 feet above sea level. The Alabama River borders the city's northeastern edge.

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This port city is fixed on the bank of the Severn River in central Maryland. What is the name of this capital city?

Annapolis, Maryland, borders the west bank of the Severn River, which spills into the Chesapeake Bay. Annapolis lies approximately 32 miles southeast of Baltimore.

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Which Oregon city is the capital that's set 171 feet above sea level?

The Willamette River cuts into the northwest region of Salem, Oregon. Portland lies approximately 47 miles northeast of Salem.

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The Scioto River intersects this capital city of Ohio. Can you guess the name?

Columbus, Ohio, includes Fairfield, Delaware, and Franklin counties. This capital city has a population of 787,033.

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The largest city in South Carolina is also its capital city. Can you identify it?

Columbia, South Carolina, lies in the state's center, east of Lake Murray. The Broad River pierces the city's northwest region.

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The Kentucky River bisects the capital city of Kentucky. What is the name of this city?

Frankfort, Kentucky, lies approximately 55 miles east of Louisville. Capitol City Airport dots the northwest tip of the city.

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The Kansas River slices into the northern crown of Kansas' capital city. Can you name this city?

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.

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Stanley Draper Lake, Lake Overholser and Lake Hefner mark the landscape of this Oklahoma capital. Can you guess the name of this 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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Can you identify the name of Iowa's capital city, which has a population of 203,433?

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.

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Wyoming's capital city lies at the southeast end of the state. Can you identify the name?

Cheyenne, Wyoming, is a capital city and seat of Laramie County. Cheyenne lies approximately 100 miles north of Boulder, Colorado.

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The Merrimack River runs through this capital city of New Hampshire. Can you guess its correct name?

The Merrimack and Contoocook Rivers intersect just beyond this capital city's northwest border. Concord, New Hampshire, is the seat of Merrimack County​.

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Can you identify the name of Idaho's capital city by its coordinates, which are 43.6150 latitude and -116.2023 ​longitude?

Boise, Idaho, is the state's largest city. Boise is positioned on the Boise River and is 2,842 feet above sea level.

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Montana's capital city is situated in the western central region of the state. What is the name of this capital city?

Helena, Montana, is approximately 190 miles northwest of Yellowstone National Park. Helena lies west of the Missouri River

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Silver Lake is located in Delaware's capital city. What is the city's name?

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.

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Can you identify the capital city of West Virginia which is nestled in the Allegheny mountains?

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.

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