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How Charming is your State Capital?

The Continental U.S. State Capitals (and D.C.) ranked by Charm

There is little that is more charming than the feeling of the history of the past and the excitement of history in the making. For these reasons, our state capitals always have a special appeal that draws in the attention and pride of their entire state.

While every state capital has its share of charm, we were curious which one was the most charming. Using our Charm Index, we analyzed the charm scores of the capital cities of every continental state and threw Washington D.C. onto the list for good measure.

The Charm Index scores how charming streets and neighborhoods are using data on:

  • The affordability of local businesses
  • The ratings of nearby businesses
  • Are they locally-owned? - are they corporate chains or local boutiques?
  • How active the residence is and the density of nearby gyms, bike tracks, parks, etc.
  • Crime statistics

A charming neighborhood is created from flourishing local business combined with a residence that feels safe, is active, and has many opportunities to interact with other residents, making it an ideal spot for apartment living. Local shops such as bookstores, theatres, and restaurants that receive high ratings by residents tend to create very charming atmospheres, call us crazy. Meanwhile, neighborhoods that are not as charming have a higher percentage of chain stores, pawn shops, strip clubs, credit loan stores, crime, and do not have access to community institutions such as parks, town halls and flea markets.

Using the charm scores of every street for every capital, we found the overall charm score for each. Those that ranked highest received high charm scores across their entire city while those that ranked lowest had much fewer charming pockets. However, every city has its own pockets of charm, so we included information on which street and neighborhood is the most charming in each city.

How did your state capital fare?

RankCharmCapitalState
193.47BostonMA
287.49AnnapolisMD
386.29ProvidenceRI
484.37WashingtonDC
581.38MadisonWI
678.84NashvilleTN
777.87SacramentoCA
876.62OlympiaWA
975.65DenverCO
1075.14AustinTX
1174.36MontpelierVT
1273.24RichmondVA
1373.02Santa FeNM
1472.82RaleighNC
1572.02SalemOR
1671.17BoiseID
1770.41ConcordNH
1870.07MontgomeryAL
1969.16ColumbusOH
2068.74IndianapolisIN
2168.45AtlantaGA
2267.93Little RockAR
2367.00HarrisburgPA
2466.17Salt Lake CityUT
2565.65CheyenneWY
2665.52TopekaKS
2765.00LansingMI
2864.68SpringfieldIL
2963.18CharlestonWV
3062.63Saint PaulMN
3160.58AlbanyNY
3259.44LincolnNE
3357.99Oklahoma CityOK
3455.95ColumbiaSC
3555.91Des MoinesIA
3654.94PhoenixAZ
3754.73HelenaMT
3853.61PierreSD
3953.56Baton RougeLA
4052.69TallahasseeFL
4152.49JacksonMS
4250.68DoverDE
4349.53FrankfortKY
4448.28BismarckND
4547.42Jefferson CityMO
4647.08HartfordCT
4742.77AugustaME
4842.07Carson CityNV
4940.33TrentonNJ

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