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State Capitals Quiz: How Many Questions Can You Get Right?

We'll go easy on you—only 20 questions. See how you do!

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What’s the capital of Massachusetts?

A. Worcester

B. Boston

C. Salem

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Answer: B. Boston

OK, that was an easy start to this state capitals quiz. Worcester may not be the capital of the Bay State, but it does win the award for its most difficult-to-pronounce city. These are the most tongue-twisting towns in all the other states.

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What’s the capital of Georgia?

A. Savannah

B. Alpharetta

C. Atlanta

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Answer: C. Atlanta

Atlanta is Georgia’s capital and also its biggest city, which is only the case for 17 out of the 50 state capitals. What’s the nicest place in the state of Georgia? This place was the top vote for the 2019 Reader’s Digest Nicest Places Initiative.

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What’s the capital of Oklahoma?

A. Tulsa

B. Oklahoma City

C. Broken Arrow

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Answer: B. Oklahoma City

Oklahoma is the only state where the capital is just the state name followed by “city” (though other states do have cities like that).

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What’s the capital of New Mexico?

A. Albuquerque

B. Santa Fe

C. Las Cruces

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Answer: B. Santa Fe

Here are 13 things that are older than the United States of America.

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What’s the capital of Florida?

A. Tallahassee

B. St. Augustine

C. Orlando

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Answer: A. Tallahassee

St. Augustine did spend a few years as the capital of Florida, though—and it’s actually the oldest city in America! And see if you can answer these 16 history questions that people always get wrong.

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What’s the capital of Colorado?

A. Colorado Springs

B. Boulder

C. Denver

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Answer: C. Denver

Denver, Colorado is known as the “Mile High City” because it sits at 5280 feet, or exactly one mile, above sea level.

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What’s the capital of California?

A. San Francisco

B. Los Angeles

C. Sacramento

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Answer: C. Sacramento

Sacramento is California’s sixth most populated city. Both of the other choices in this state capitals quiz far exceed it in terms of population. Do you know these 30 geography questions that everyone keeps getting wrong?

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What’s the capital of Texas?

A. Austin

B. Houston

C. Dallas

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Answer: A. Austin

Here are the 23 U.S. geography facts you didn’t learn in school.

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What’s the capital of Louisiana?

A. Alexandria

B. Baton Rouge

C. New Orleans

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Answer: B. Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge means “red stick” in French. The name comes from a red-painted pole that the Native American tribes stuck in the ground there to designate the borders between the hunting grounds of different tribes. Here is the most spectacular sunset from each state.

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What’s the capital of Arkansas?

A. Little Rock

B. Jonesboro

C. Fort Smith

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Answer: A. Little Rock

Did you know that it’s illegal in Arkansas to pronounce the state’s name wrong? These are the other dumbest laws in America.

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What’s the capital of Illinois?

A. Rockford

B. Chicago

C. Springfield

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Answer: C. Springfield

Did you know that 34 states contain a city named Springfield? (Only in Illinois is it the capital, though.)

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What’s the capital of North Dakota?

A. Williston

B. Bismarck

C. Fargo

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Answer: B. Bismarck

North Dakota and its southern counterpart both make our list of best states for road trips.

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What’s the capital of Nevada?

A. Reno

B. Carson City

C. Las Vegas

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Answer: B. Carson City

Nevada contains the spot in America that’s farthest from a McDonald’s. Nevada is one of the worst states for taxes. Here are 20 other states with the best or worst taxes.

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What’s the capital of Tennessee?

A. Nashville

B. Memphis

C. Sweet Lips

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Answer: A. Nashville

Nashville is the capital of Tennessee. Sweet Lips will just have to be satisfied with having one of the weirdest state names in the country. Here are more funny town names from each of the 50 states.

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What’s the capital of South Carolina?

A. Charleston

B. Myrtle Beach

C. Columbia

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Answer: C. Columbia

We can understand if this state capitals quiz question tripped you up—Charleston is the name of a state capital, just not South Carolina’s. It’s the capital of West Virginia. Find out which state everyone forgets when listing all 50.

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What’s the capital of Arizona?

A. Tucson

B. Flagstaff

C. Phoenix

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Answer: C. Phoenix

Arizona is the only state with a Z in its name. Can you guess the U.S. state from it’s nickname? Try these 20 questions to find out.

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What’s the capital of Pennsylvania?

A. Harrisburg

B. Pittsburgh

C. Philadelphia

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Answer: A. Harrisburg

Philadelphia gets a lot more press, but Harrisburg is actually the capital of the Keystone State. Did you know Philly was even the capital of America at one point? These are the other amazing history facts your teacher never taught you.

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What’s the capital of Vermont?

A. Montpelier

B. Burlington

C. Middlebury

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Answer: A. Montpelier

Montpelier is America’s smallest state capital—and it’s also the only state capital without a McDonald’s.

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What’s the capital of Alaska?

A. Fairbanks

B. Juneau

C. Anchorage

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Answer: B. Juneau

Alaska is the largest state in the USA, and Juneau is the largest capital city (by area). In fact, the entire state of Delaware could fit inside it.

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What’s the capital of Hawaii?

A. Pearl City

B. Honolulu

C. Kailua

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Answer: B. Honolulu

Finishing off this state capitals quiz is the last state to be added to the U.S. Did you get its capital right? To test your knowledge of every state’s capital, check out BuzzFeed’s state capitals quiz. Or give your brain a break and learn some more crazy facts you never knew about each of the 50 states instead.

Meghan Jones
Meghan Jones is a word nerd who has been writing for since 2017. You can find her byline on pieces about grammar, fun facts, the meanings of various head-scratching words and phrases, and more. Meghan graduated from Marist College with a Bachelor of Arts in English in 2017; her creative nonfiction piece “Anticipation” was published in the Spring 2017 issue of Angles literary magazine.