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Old 04-21-2013, 05:43 AM
 
Location: New Orleans
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Got to thinking about this just now, in the context of Tallahassee being located so far from the large population centers of Florida (Orlando, Tampa Bay, Jacksonville, Gold Coast).

Some state capitals are both centrally located and convenient in light of the state's geographical population distribution- for instance, Nashville is the biggest metro in Tennessee and is located smack dab in the middle of the state. Quite different from Tallahassee's situation. Jackson, MS is also centrally located and the biggest metro in the state.

Then you have places like Sacramento, which is far from LA and San Diego (though close to the bay area). But Sacramento is big enough that it will have many direct flights to the other cities and so is not that big of an inconvenience.

At the "least convenient" extreme you have place like Tallahassee and Juneau. Places that are far removed from a state's population centers AND geographical outliers within their state.
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Old 04-21-2013, 07:38 AM
 
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You beat me to it with Tallahassee, it really is the pits in terms of state access and population density. Springfield, Illinois might be another contender considering Chicagoland's population dominance in the state.
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Old 04-21-2013, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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How often do you have to go to y0ur state capital? We could outsource our state capitals to the Philippines, for all it would matter to the citizens who live in the major population bases of the states.

I don't think, in my 74-year life,I've ever been inside an official building in my state capital on personal business.
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Old 04-21-2013, 08:29 AM
 
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Albany, New York seems a tad out of the way, considering where NYC and the vast majority of the state's population is. Frankfort, Kentucky also seems a bit of a random choice, much like Springfield, Illinois, although I guess that at the time that a lot of states chose their capitals it was still anyone's guess which cities were going to turn into the big population centers.
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Old 04-21-2013, 08:37 AM
 
Location: New Orleans
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How often do you have to go to y0ur state capital? We could outsource our state capitals to the Philippines, for all it would matter to the citizens who live in the major population bases of the states.

I don't think, in my 74-year life,I've ever been inside an official building in my state capital on personal business.
I don't think that's true, though. A politician can scream to the heavens that he represents just his district, but he'll always be influenced somewhat by those around him. While the average citizen may not spend much time there, businessmen and lobbyists would. And department heads travel throughout their states.

Edit: I'm only 29 and my work has nothing to do with government, but it's taken me to Baton Rouge (state library).

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Old 04-21-2013, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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Several Midwestern state capitals make sense to me considering their relatively central location within the state (Columbus, Indianapolis, Springfield, Des Moines, Jefferson City etc.). Tallahassee does seem like an outlier in location.
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Old 04-21-2013, 09:10 AM
 
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Albany, New York seems a tad out of the way, considering where NYC and the vast majority of the state's population is. Frankfort, Kentucky also seems a bit of a random choice, much like Springfield, Illinois, although I guess that at the time that a lot of states chose their capitals it was still anyone's guess which cities were going to turn into the big population centers.
Albany is supposed to be a "balance". The majority of the Upstate population is in the western 3rd of the state in the Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse metro areas...Albany is a far east outlier for upstate; but due north of NYC metro.


Good God if the state capital were any closer to NYC; Upstate would be even more of an unfair afterthought than it already is!
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Old 04-21-2013, 09:37 AM
 
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Good God if the state capital were any closer to NYC; Upstate would be even more of an unfair afterthought than it already is!
Good point!
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Old 04-21-2013, 10:00 AM
 
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Many state capitals were picked because of a central location when travel was by horse or foot.
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Old 04-21-2013, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Oklahoma
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Cheyenne, Wyoming is stuck in the corner of Wyoming
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