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The best and worst state capitals to live in

GOBankingRates Logo By Sean Dennison of GOBankingRates | Slide 1 of 53: Capitals serve as cultural and political hubs for the states they represent, so moving to a state capital can come with a certain amount of bragging rights. Plus, if you want to work in a government job, these cities can serve as a key stop in your career path.
But what are the best state capitals to live in? Or the worst? And does living in a state capital necessarily mean a higher quality of life? To answer those questions, GOBankingRates conducted a study to rank the 50 state capitals from best to worst. Some of the findings include:

The top two state capitals to live in belong to the Dakotas.
Most of the top-ranking state capitals are in the Midwest.
Most of the bottom-ranking state capitals are on the East Coast or in the South.
Only two state capitals — Annapolis, Maryland, and Juneau, Alaska — have a median household income above $80,000. The next-highest median income is in Honolulu at $65,707.

If you’re contemplating a move, consider the following rankings. Some of these state capitals are the best places to buy a home.

The best and worst state capitals to live in

Capitals serve as cultural and political hubs for the states they represent, so moving to a state capital can come with a certain amount of bragging rights. Plus, if you want to work in a government job, these cities can serve as a key stop in your career path.

But what are the best state capitals to live in? Or the worst? And does living in a state capital necessarily mean a higher quality of life? To answer those questions, GOBankingRates conducted a study to rank the 50 state capitals from best to worst. Some of the findings include:

  • The top two state capitals to live in belong to the Dakotas.
  • Most of the top-ranking state capitals are in the Midwest.
  • Most of the bottom-ranking state capitals are on the East Coast or in the South.
  • Only two state capitals — Annapolis, Maryland, and Juneau, Alaska — have a median household income above $80,000. The next-highest median income is in Honolulu at $65,707.

If you’re contemplating a move, consider the following rankings. Click or swipe though to see them all.

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