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.