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U.S. State Capitals Closest to the Great Lakes

These are the 10 U.S. state capitals closest to the North American Great Lakes. Have fun!
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Last updated: September 14, 2021
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closest lake
miles
capital
km
Michigan
68
Madison
109
Huron
70
Lansing
113
Erie
88
Columbus
142
Superior
128
St. Paul
206
Michigan
130
Indianapolis
209
Ontario
131
Albany
211
Michigan
167
Springfield
269
Ontario
173
Montpelier
278
Erie
193
Harrisburg
311
Erie
211
Charleston
340
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Level 59
Sep 15, 2021
Something interesting I've learned from this quiz and quizzes like this that I've made is that people tend not to think of West Virginia as close to the Great Lakes, even though it is only approximately 1 Ohio away.
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Level 74
Sep 17, 2021
Nice use of an Ohio as a unit of measure! And nice quiz!
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Level 59
Sep 17, 2021
Thank you! For those curious, 1 Ohio is about 200 miles, or roughly 325 kilometers, I expect that this will be recognized as an official unit of measurement in the next year or so. The way one would use it in a sentence is as follows, "Mom, how far are we driving today?" "We will be going about 2 and a half Ohios today." As you can see, this will be a revolution in measurement, a household unit of measure that will be in common use for centuries to come.
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Level 59
Sep 17, 2021
I spent far too long thinking of that silly joke.
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Level 76
Sep 22, 2021
As someone who lives in central Illinois, i know that it is exactly 200 miles to Indianapolis, which is about a 4 hour drive with kids. So while i don't measure distances in "Ohios" i certainly measure them in "Indianapolises."
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Level 66
Jan 31, 2022
I grew up in Illinois and live in Pittsburgh now, so I am very familiar with the unit Ohio. Its about 2 Ohios to get to Chicago and 2 1/2 to get to St Louis.
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Level 45
Oct 31, 2021
What am I dumb or just missing something? I live in a southwestern Cleveland suburb about 12 miles from Lake Erie and 120 miles drive south to Columbus Ohio, which is NOT 88 miles from Lake Erie.
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Level 39
Oct 31, 2021
Columbus to Cedar Point is a shorter drive than Columbus to Cleveland (distancewise at least).
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Level 76
Oct 31, 2021
From the furthest north portion of Columbus to Berlin Township (about halfway between Huron and Ruggles Beach) is 88.26 miles. Basically it is just north of where SR 61 ends at US 6.
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Level 59
Nov 1, 2021
SR 61 ... that's literally within 3 miles of my quaint little hometown of Willard ... small world when I see this pop up in JetPunk comments.
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Level 59
Oct 31, 2021
What they said.
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Level 74
Oct 31, 2021
It had never occurred to me that there were no state capitals closer to the Great Lakes than that. Interesting.
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Level 66
Jan 31, 2022
I think in part its because many midwestern states chose their capitals to be more in the center of their state rather than just being a big city in their state.
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Level 59
Jan 31, 2022
A lot of these states were created when they were relatively sparsely populated, so a central medium-size city was normally chosen.
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Level 59
Jan 31, 2022
Think Indianapolis, Lansing, Des Moines, Jefferson City, ect.
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Level 55
Nov 3, 2021
Can Lancing be accepted?
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Level 27
Apr 14, 2022
Can Dancing be accepted?