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Old 04-22-2010, 10:10 AM
 
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State capitals tend to be placed based on a few factors. Either that is the center of population at the time of establishment which might not be now. (FL, NV, CA are big examples of this) They also could be near center of the state itself. Another factor is sometimes they are placed where even if the population is along one edge, they are put in the middle to encourage people to move. (A few coastal states had this happen, I am thinking SC is an example here) Also it could purposely NOT be in its largest city due to state politics.
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Old 04-22-2010, 12:50 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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Raleigh was specifically founded and sited to be the state capital of NC. It's one of the few in the nation that was specifically established for that purpose.
Legislators from across the state would travel to Isaac Hunter's Tavern to meet near the middle of the state because getting to New Bern (former capital) was too far to travel from the Western side of the state. Essentially, the legislators decided that the new capital would be in close proximity to a popular bar.
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Old 04-22-2010, 02:28 PM
 
Location: DC/Brooklyn, NY/Miami, FL
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Maryland:

Capital- Annapolis: 36,524

Largest City- Baltimore: 637,418
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Old 04-22-2010, 07:15 PM
 
Location: New Mexico to Texas
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New Mexico-

Capital- Santa Fe: 72,056

Largest City-Albuquerque: 521,999
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Old 04-24-2010, 08:36 AM
 
Location: MN
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Minnesota-

Capital - St. Paul: 290,000

Largest City - Minneapolis: 390,000

Wisconsin has the best Capital city though. Madison is awesome. It's on freakin' Isthmus for Pete's sakes! Plus UW, it's a win-win. Plus the topography!
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Old 04-24-2010, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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Plus UW, it's a win-win.
No.
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Old 04-24-2010, 03:41 PM
 
Location: roaming gnome
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b/c the nation was defined on trying to keep the business separate from government... same reason why they moved the capital from nyc/philly to dc...most other states followed suit.
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Old 04-24-2010, 07:28 PM
 
Location: metro ATL
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b/c the nation was defined on trying to keep the business separate from government... same reason why they moved the capital from nyc/philly to dc...most other states followed suit.
That may have been one reason, but doesn't seem to be the overriding reason, which seems to be geography in most cases. In many cases, capitals were moved to be central to the majority of the state's population. DC was created as a compromise location between North and South (moreso to placate Southerners), each of which had their own business interests.

The majority of state capitals are the largest city/metro in their state or the 2nd largest.
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Old 04-24-2010, 09:16 PM
 
Location: Richmond, VA
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Salem, OR


Looks like the majority of states have state capitals in larger cities.
Salem is actually either the second or third largest city depending on the year and how Eugene has been lately. It's not Portland (nothing is in Oregon), but it's right up there in that state.
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Old 04-25-2010, 12:38 AM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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Salem is actually either the second or third largest city depending on the year and how Eugene has been lately. It's not Portland (nothing is in Oregon), but it's right up there in that state.
Salem is not tiny but it's no major metro either. It's the 3rd largest city in Oregon but even its metro is smaller than Portland's city limits.
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