List of States Capitals - U.S.

Scroll down for the U.S. list of states capitals. The capital city names are in alphabetical order by state.

Memorizing the state capitals is a common memory exercise in schools. But remembering fifty of anything is a challenge.

That's why I recommend using the visualization association (mental images) method for this task.

To learn more, go to my Use Images to Memorize State Capitals page. That page provides several detailed examples of how that memory technique works.

Memory techniques such as visualization-association are not just effective for remembering lists. You can use them to memorize people's names, the facts in a book, math formulas, English vocabulary words, foreign language vocabulary, character dialogue, toasts, and anything else you can imagine.

Note: If you're looking for a list of U.S. states without the capital cities, see my 50 States page.

U.S. State Capitals List

For a printer-friendly list, click this printable list of states capitals link. This opens a PDF page that you can print out.

  1. Alabama (AL) - Montgomery

  2. Alaska (AK) - Juneau

  3. Arizona (AZ) - Phoenix

  4. Arkansas (AR) - Little Rock

  5. California (CA) - Sacramento

  6. Colorado (CO) - Denver

  7. Connecticut (CT) - Hartford

  8. Delaware (DE) - Dover

  9. Florida (FL) - Tallahassee

  10. Georgia (GA) - Atlanta

  11. Hawaii (HI) - Honolulu

  12. Idaho (ID) - Boise

  13. Illinois (IL) - Springfield

  14. Indiana (IN) - Indianapolis

  15. Iowa (IA) - Des Moines

  16. Kansas (KS) - Topeka

  17. Kentucky (KY) - Frankfort

  18. Louisiana (LA) - Baton Rouge

  19. Maine (ME) - Augusta

  20. Maryland (MD) - Annapolis

  21. Massachusetts (MA) - Boston

  22. Michigan (MI) - Lansing

  23. Minnesota (MN) - St. Paul

  24. Mississippi (MS) - Jackson

  25. Missouri (MO) - Jefferson City

  1. Montana (MT) - Helena

  2. Nebraska (NE) - Lincoln

  3. Nevada (NV) - Carson City

  4. New Hampshire (NH) - Concord

  5. New Jersey (NJ) - Trenton

  6. New Mexico (NM) - Santa Fe

  7. New York (NY) - Albany

  8. North Carolina (NC) - Raleigh

  9. North Dakota (ND) - Bismarck

  10. Ohio (OH) - Columbus

  11. Oklahoma (OK) - Oklahoma City

  12. Oregon (OR) - Salem

  13. Pennsylvania (PA) - Harrisburg

  14. Rhode Island (RI) - Providence

  15. South Carolina (SC) - Columbia

  16. South Dakota (SD) - Pierre

  17. Tennessee (TN) - Nashville

  18. Texas (TX) - Austin

  19. Utah (UT) - Salt Lake City

  20. Vermont (VT) - Montpelier

  21. Virginia (VA) - Richmond

  22. Washington (WA) - Olympia

  23. West Virginia (WV) - Charleston

  24. Wisconsin (WI) - Madison

  25. Wyoming (WY) - Cheyenne

The Journey method is an effective technique for memorizing the list of states capitals. The Peg system also works well, if you have at least 50 pegs memorized in advance.

I memorized the U.S. state capitals a few years ago using the Journey method. The route that I linked the states to was a walking tour of the first floor of the company building where I worked!

You might not realize it, but large rooms often have numerous items that you can use as part of a route.

The key to successfully memorizing the list is to be able to clearly visualize all of those items, so you have to be very familiar with the room.

I'd walked through that first floor area every day for years. I could easily visualize where all the chairs, desks, carpets, stairs, mailboxes, even wall hangings and pictures were.

It was a big room, so I didn't need to jam the mental images close together at all. To recall the state capitals, I simply toured the room from one side to the other in my mind.

Very few people can name all the U.S. state capitals. So if you succeed in memorizing this list, consider yourself brilliant!

list of states capitals
Memorizing all 50 US capitals is an accomplishment.

If you're ready for an even bigger challenge, try memorizing the world capitals next. There are about 200 of thoses. Smilie

Published: 04/24/2011
Last Updated: 06/11/2020

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