In the early formations of States a capital city would shift to several different cities before a final spot was picked.

A capital city of a state is specified by laws and this location serves as the meeting place and offices for the central government of that state. The capital city also houses most of the leaders of the State. State capitals were not necessarily the largest city located within a state. They also are not necessarily the economic hubs of the state. For the most part, capital cities were chosen primary on ease to travel to for all members of the state. They are mostly located in central portions of the State, but this is not always true. Each state has its own history and rationale for choosing a specific site. In recent polls even State residents are not sure of the capital city of their state. A recent random poll found that twenty-seven percent of the adults the called in New York State could not identify the State capital city as Albany, even when given only three choices.

These worksheets will help students learn to identify the capital cities of each state. The worksheets can reinforce what students have learned in school. It is often extremely helpful to have students handwrite their own flashcards with the name of the State, on one side and the Capital City for it on the other side. While many people are trending towards using online and app based flashcards, it is hard to beat good old pen and paper for results. As you scroll down you will also find geography-based worksheets which can help you put a face on the cities themselves.

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Print U.S. State Capitals Worksheets

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Name Them

Name the Capital City of all 50 states. They are a bit out of order, but the process is pretty straight forward.

Matching Worksheet

Match the city to the State. Twenty in all. Just write the letter next to each number.

Capitals Word Find

Find the Capital Cities in the Word Search. I would suggest that shade the boxes in. Write them on the lines.

Northeast States and Their Capitals

Write the name of each state and its capital. This includes New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland.

Southern Region

We look at the lower section of the country: Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana.

Matching Worksheet Number 2

Another 20 for you to match.

Southeastern Region

A geography activity that has you locate both names includes: Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Central U.S.

More geography for you to handle. Includes: North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Illnois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.

North West, Hawaii, and Alaska

You might get tripped up on some of these. The Northwest includes: Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho.

Blank is the Capital of ________.

No images this time. See what you know. You can use the context presented in the sentence to help you along.

The Capital of Blank is _______.

Same concept as above, just in different context.

States and their Capitals

This is a two-pager multiple choice sheet of questions. There are only three choices.

Eastern State Capitals

Very similar to the other past geography worksheets, but we fit a whole lot more states in there. From the tip of Maine all the way down to the boot of florida.

Monster Matching

A 40 question matching quiz worksheet.

Begins With...

We start with a ten question matching activity and then skip over to naming things. Write the names of the six states that begin with the letter N. Then write their capitals on the lines next to each.