Can you identify at least 35 U.S. state capitals? Here is your opportunity to prove that you've managed to retain the knowledge you absorbed during grade school. If nothing else, this cool geography quiz will refresh your memory and teach you a thing or two about the capital cities that span from sea to shining sea.
Isn't it a curious thing how cities get promoted to capital status? What on earth are the qualifications for being the capital city of a U.S. state? A large population certainly can't be a qualification. Some of America's capital cities have the lowest population numbers of their respective states, as you shall soon see in this quiz. Does square mileage count? Probably not; capital cities come in all shapes and sizes. Maybe after taking this quiz, you will have discerned the pattern for electing capital cities and solve this riddle once and for all. But first, your priority is the simple task of matching capital city to U.S. state.
You only need to coordinate 35 out of 50 capital-state pairs. This test is a piece of cake.
Alaska's capital city lies along the Gastineau Channel. What is its name?
Juneau, Alaska, was founded in 1880 and incorporated in 1900. Gold miners settled the southeastern city, which serves as a trading zone for the Alaska Panhandle region.
Latter-day Saints arrived in a major valley of Utah's capital city in 1847. Can you identify the city's name?
Salt Lake City
The state of Utah was named after the Utes American Indian tribe. Elaborate mining operations occur in Utah's capital, Salt Lake City. There, selenium, platinum, zinc, silver, gold, copper and other elements are unearthed.
Which capital city of Colorado has denoted more than 300 landmarks, which is more than any other U.S. city of similar size?
Much of the water supply in Denver, Colorado, comes from melting mountain snow in the spring. The water is either stored in reservoirs or prevented from entering the South Platter River and other bodies of water.
What capital city is located in the north-central region of New Mexico?
Santa Fe, New Mexico, is situated along the Santa Fe River. The original name of the capital city was Villa Real de la Santa Fe de San Francisco de Asis, which is Spanish for "Royal City of the Holy Faith of St. Francis of Assisi."
Ohio's capital city is the home of the state university's main campus. What is the name of the city?
In the 21st century, close to half of the population of the United States lies within a 500-mile radius of Columbus, Ohio. Manufacturing (e.g., automobiles, nutritional supplements, steel) and technology are major industries in the capital city.
What is Minnesota's capital city, which lies near the state's eastern border?
There are a number of educational institutions that call St. Paul, Minnesota, home, including Hamline University, Concordia University and the University of St. Thomas. The annual St. Paul Winter Carnival showcases snow and ice sculptures, parades and winter events.
What is the name of Arizona's capital city, which lies in the state's south-central region?
Prior to the mid-20th century, Phoenix's major industries were agriculture and ranching. Since then, Arizona's capital city has grown to become a major urban center where the technology and tourism industries have blossomed.
Florida's capital city is situated at its northern border. What is the name of the city?
Major local attractions in Tallahassee, Florida, include the Museum of Florida History and the Columns, which is the city's oldest building (established in 1830). Government, distribution and trade services are key components of the city's economy.
What is the capital city of Arkansas, which is situated in the center of the state, close to the Ouachita Mountains?
Little Rock, Arkansas, borders the western bank of the Arkansas River in the state's central region. Financial, governmental and food services are several industries that contribute to Little Rock's economy.
What is the name of Hawaii's capital city and main port?
Several major industries in Hawaii rely on the state's main port, including sugar refinement and steel production. University of Hawaii and the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific are located in Honolulu.
Can you guess the capital city of Maryland, which has the highest rate of rising sea level than any other Atlantic Coast town?
Annapolis, Maryland, lies at the juncture of the Severn River and the Chesapeake Bay in the heart of the state. Annapolis is an important military and government center for the region. This capital city is home to the United States Naval Academy.
What is the name of the capital city that borders the eastern bank of the Missouri River in North Dakota?
The Belle Mehus Auditorium opened in January 1914 and is a major cultural center in Bismarck, North Dakota. Coal, oil, and gas refinement and distribution services are key components of the capital city's economy.
Salt Creek winds through Nebraska's capital city of ___________.
Lincoln is the capital city of Nebraska, and it's the state's second-largest municipality. Lincoln lies approximately 60 miles southwest of Omaha, which borders the state's eastern edge, opposite the state of Iowa.
In post-World War II America, many African Americans flocked to the rigidly segregated districts of North Carolina's capital city of __________.
Raleigh, North Carolina, is a major educational center in the state. The capital city is home to North Carolina State University and Shaw University. Raleigh is part of North Carolina's Research Triangle, which includes the cities of Durham and Chapel Hill.