Statistics for U.S. Capital Cities by Population

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PopulationFun FactCity% Correct
6,089,815
Almost fifty percent of this city is covered by trees.
Atlanta
84%
4,941,632This city is home to the country’s first public beach (Revere Beach), first lighthouse (Little Brewster Lighthouse), first college (Harvard) and first subway (Tremont Street Subway).Boston
84%
2,963,821Although this city is exactly one mile high, it is not the U.S. capital with the highest elevation (Santa Fe and Cheyenne are higher).Denver
80%
2,397,382This city is the oldest incorporated city in the state of California (1850).Sacramento
80%
3,690,261This city has more shoreline along the Mississippi River (26 miles) than any other American city. This city and Baton Rouge are the only U.S. capitals on the river itself.St. Paul
72%
433,353This city is the second-most populous city in Oregon after Portland.Salem
64%
2,283,371This city is the largest U.S. city that doesn’t have a professional sports team.Austin
60%
2,138,926Nearly half of all Americans live within 500 miles of this city, including those living in Chicago, New York City, and Atlanta.Columbus
60%
4,845,832There was a time that this city’s ancient waterways were rich with crops of squash, corn, beans, and pumpkins — the latter of which almost led to the city being named Pumpkinville.Phoenix
60%
1,314,434This city served as the capital of the Confederacy during the Civil War.Richmond
60%
208,640This city became the third capital of Illinois thanks to the work of Abraham Lincoln, who lived in Springfield from 1837 to 1861.Springfield
60%
829,470This city was the first U.S. city named after Christopher Columbus, and it was almost named Washington instead.Columbia
56%
83,058This city was originally named “Last Chance Gulch” as a small mining town. It almost became “Crabtown” or “Pumpkinville” before being named after Saint Helena in Minnesota.Helena
56%
7,477 (City Proper)This city is the sole state capital without a McDonald’s.Montpelier
56%
1,676,579The first planned American act of the Revolutionary War occurred in Narragansett Bay in this city.Providence
56%
1,257,936This city is the only U.S. capital with three words in its name.Salt Lake City
56%
133,626This city has the lowest average winter temperature of all state capitals (even Juneau).Bismarck
52%
153,808This city was named for the “concord,” or harmony, after a boundary dispute between the neighboring towns Rumford and Bow.Concord
52%
1,016,508This city has the highest average annual temperature of any U.S. state capital.Honolulu
52%
340,217This city was named after President Abraham Lincoln in 1867, only two years after he was assassinated.Lincoln
52%
541,297This city was the birthplace of Oldsmobile in 1897, eleven years before the Ford Motor Company created the Ford Model T.Lansing
48%
294,793This city is the northernmost state capital in the contiguous U.S.Olympia
48%
233,152This city is the closest state capital to the geographic center of the U.S. (which is two miles north of Lebanon, Kansas).Topeka
48%
100,512Located only eight miles north of the Colorado border, this city is one of the furthest U.S. capitals from its own state’s geographic center.Cheyenne
44%
1,989,519This city’s Centennial Park contains the only replica of the Greek Parthenon, which houses the tallest enclosed sculpture in the Western Hemisphere (Athena Parthenos).Nashville
44%
154,823This city is the oldest state capital (founded in 1610), and also the highest U.S. capital at 7,000 feet above sea level.Santa Fe
44%
2,111,040This city has been dubbed “Naptown” over the years for its slow-paced, sleepy reputation.Indianapolis
40%
591,978This city is the only U.S. capital built on top of a volcano. This volcano is located under the Mississippi Coliseum.Jackson
36%
32,255Geographically, this city is the largest state capital at 2,716 square miles.Juneau
36%
1,413,982This city is the home of the first historically black university in the South, Shaw University.Raleigh
36%
384,298This city was the only state capital of the Confederacy not to be captured or burned during the Civil War.Tallahassee
36%
387,340This city was the U.S. Capital for the last two months of 1784.Trenton
32%
2,844,510At 6.7 square miles, this city is the smallest U.S. capital by land size.Annapolis
28%
764,718This city is home to the largest population of Basque Americans in the U.S. (15,000).Boise
28%
680,796This city is the only U.S. state capital built on an isthmus.Madison
28%
20,745This city is the only U.S. capital without access to an expressway.Pierre
28%
899,262This city began as a fort in 1614 and is the oldest continually occupied European settlement in the U.S.Albany
24%
58,639This city is one of only two state capital cities bordered by another state.Carson City
24%
75,393This city was the only Union capital that was overtaken and occupied by the Confederacy during the U.S. Civil War.Frankfort
24%
1,425,695This city is the most recently founded state capital (1910).Oklahoma City
24%
181,851This city differed from the rest of Kent County regarding slavery, and was an important stop on the Underground Railroad.Dover
20%
150,309This city was laid out by Daniel Morgan Boone, son of famous pioneer Daniel Boone.Jefferson City
20%
123,642This city is home to Fort Western, the oldest wooden fort in the United States (built in 1794).Augusta
16%
258,859The first U.S. museum (est. 1773) and theater (Dock Street Theatre, est. 1736) are located in this city.Charleston
16%
709,466This city was originally named “Fort Raccoon” after the Raccoon River.Des Moines
16%
591,712
This city is home to the Rockville Bridge, which was built in 1902 and is the longest stone arch bridge in the world.
Harrisburg
16%
1,213,531Teddy Roosevelt took the first presidential automobile ride in history on the streets of this city in 1902.Hartford
16%
748,031The capital building in this city finished construction in 1842, making it the oldest capital building in the country.Little Rock
16%
870,569At 450 feet tall, this city’s capitol building is the tallest in the country.Baton Rouge
12%
386,047This city was the first U.S. city with an electric streetcar system known as “the Lightning Route.”Montgomery
12%

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