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Top 10 Most Populous U.S. State Capitals

Name the 10 state capitals that have the highest population.
By city proper population, 2017
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Last updated: May 27, 2018
First submittedMarch 30, 2017
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Population
City
1,626,078
Phoenix
950,715
Austin
863,002
Indianapolis
879,170
Columbus
704,621
Denver
685,094
Boston
667,560
Nashville
643,648
Oklahoma City
501,901
Sacramento
486,290
Atlanta
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level 72
Mar 31, 2017
Is there be an urban-extent version of this quiz coming? The problem with "city proper" quizzes is that you have no idea which cities some clown of a bureaucrat has drawn a red line through its middle and decreed that one side or the other isn't a proper part of the city. (Which seems to have happened here with Honolulu and Salt Lake City at least).
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level 77
Mar 31, 2017
I don't think some bureaucratic clown decided to divide Salt Lake City in two. I think people decided to live in suburbs, which grew until they filled the valley surrounding the city, and the suburbs had no desire to be annexed by the city.
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level 66
Feb 22, 2018
Exactly. I barely comprehend the complaint. Take Boston for instance. The "city proper" is a political unit. Metropolitan Boston includes dozens of other political units, cities and towns and villages, that are in close proximity to the city proper. The designation of what is and is not "Metropolitan Boston" is what is arbitrary and changeable (I mean people regularly commute from as far away as Providence, RI and Manchester, NH), not the designation of what is Boston proper, which has very clear borders and a definite population.
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level 36
Apr 30, 2019
You're jumping to a lot of conclusions. Usually when you have city propers that really small relative to their metropolitan areas it's because a bunch of settlements were made in close proximity to one another, and as the population of the area grew the gaps between towns closed until they eventually began to run together as one city.
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level 67
Mar 31, 2017
This could really use a bit more time. At least 2 minutes, maybe 3. Some of us can't remember capitals quite as fast as states.
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level 42
Mar 31, 2017
Agreed
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level ∞
Apr 1, 2017
Increased the time by 30 seconds
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level 60
Mar 31, 2017
Jeez, man. What is the need for speed??
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level 71
Mar 31, 2017
Atlanta is a lot smaller than I thought.
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level 48
Jun 9, 2017
This is city proper, not metro or urban agglomeration.
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level 40
Jan 21, 2019
Atlanta is home to 6.5 million people. The reason they aren't included in this is because many of them live in suburbs, which aren't included in this list.
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level 50
Jul 5, 2017
Why not do the opposite and have a 10 Least Populous U.S. State Capitals quiz?
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level 72
Aug 7, 2017
Here it is. There's also an easier version that comes with a map.
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level 59
Aug 7, 2017
I don't get you Americans! Why are so few state capitals the largest city in the state?
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level 79
Aug 7, 2017
For the most part sites were chosen to move it towards the center of the state. Most large cities are on the ocean or on large rivers which also happen to be the borders of a lot of the states and not in the center of the state. Also a lot of times smaller cities were chosen on purpose to limit the extent of large cities and powerful interests.
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level 71
Aug 7, 2017
I wondered the exact same thing- so I made a quiz on the topic!
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level 42
Aug 7, 2017
That's always puzzled me-and this is coming from an American!
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level 52
Aug 7, 2017
5 out of 10, not bad for me because I'm from India.
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level 42
Aug 7, 2017
I must say, this was harder than I thought it would be.
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level 61
Aug 9, 2017
Still not enough time...
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level 21
Dec 9, 2018
I thought this was how big the city is, I guess I read wrong
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level 53
Apr 18, 2019
Why is Indianapolis above Columbus? Out of order by population.