While there are 50 state capitals, only 17 of the 50 capitals are the most populated cities in their states.

Wallethub rankings meister Richie Bernardo writes that the state capitals may be taught in grade school, but many of us forget what they are. What isn't taught is some of the state capitals are among the most livable places in the U.S. The most affordable capitals are Springfield, IL and Jerfferson City, MO, while the least affordable are Richmond,VA and Providence, RI.

WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 state capitals to identify which among them combines the best of everything an ideal city has to offer: affordability, a strong economy, high education standards and overall excellent quality of life. Our data set of 35 key metrics ranges from cost of living to K–12 school-system quality to number of attractions.

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