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 Subject: Distances Between State Capitals Category: Reference, Education and News > General Reference Asked by: quizamajig-ga List Price: \$5.00 Posted: 07 Nov 2006 08:26 PST Expires: 07 Dec 2006 08:26 PST Question ID: 780801
 ```In the 48 contiguous states, what is the farthest distance between two state capitals? I imagine it's going to be out west. I need the distance in miles between them. Including the next closest will earn another \$2.00 tip. Thanks!``` Request for Question Clarification by omnivorous-ga on 07 Nov 2006 08:31 PST `Two states with borders touching (contiguous states)?` Clarification of Question by quizamajig-ga on 08 Nov 2006 14:10 PST `I asked it wrong! Sorry, I mean the SHORTEST DISTANCE between two state capitals!`
 Subject: Re: Distances Between State Capitals Answered By: tutuzdad-ga on 08 Nov 2006 14:55 PST Rated:
 ```Dear quizamajig-ga; Thank you for allowing me to answer your interesting question. Using the tool provided by ?HOW FAR IS IT?? that calculates distances between two points in nautical miles and other measurements I determined that the shortest distance between State Capitals is the distance between Philadelphia, PA and Trenton, NJ. The distance between them is 25 miles (40 km) or 21 nautical miles. HOW FAR IS IT? http://www.indo.com/cgi-bin/dist?place1=philadelphia%2C+pa&place2=trenton%2C+nj On a technicality, the second closest is the distance between Annapolis, MD and Washington, DC. That distance is 28 miles (45 km) or 24 nautical miles. http://www.indo.com/cgi-bin/dist?place1=annapolis%2C+md&place2=washington%2C+dc As for the second closest distance between ?formal? State Capitals, the nod goes to the distance between Providence, Rhode Island and Boston, Massachusetts. The distance between them is 41 miles (66 km) or 36 nautical miles. http://www.indo.com/cgi-bin/dist?place1=providence%2C+ri&place2=boston%2C+ma In case you are interested, it appears that the FARTHEST distance between two ADJOINING state?s Capitals is the distance between Sacramento, California and Phoenix, Arizona. That distance is 629 miles (1013 km) or 547 nautical miles. http://www.indo.com/cgi-bin/dist?place1=SACRAMENTO%2C+CA&place2=PHOENIX%2C+ARIZONA This map, courtesy of the University of Arizona may help you visualize the distances between US State Capitals. http://www.ed.arizona.edu/ward/Latitude/USmap.jpg I hope you find that my answer exceeds your expectations. If you have any questions about my research please post a clarification request prior to rating the answer. Otherwise I welcome your rating and your final comments and I look forward to working with you again in the near future. Thank you for bringing your question to us. Best regards; Tutuzdad-ga ? Google Answers Researcher INFORMATION SOURCES HOW FAR IS IT? http://www.indo.com/cgi-bin/dist UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA http://www.ed.arizona.edu/ SEARCH STRATEGY SEARCH ENGINE USED: Google ://www.google.com SEARCH TERMS USED: None. I utilized a known online tool to help calculate the distances.``` Clarification of Answer by tutuzdad-ga on 11 Nov 2006 08:15 PST ```Indeed the commenter below caught me in an embarrassing faux pas. In correcting my mistake I must point out that this changes the list changes a bit: Closest State Capitals: Providence, Rhode Island and Boston, Massachusetts. The distance between them is 41 miles (66 km) or 36 nautical miles. http://www.indo.com/cgi-bin/dist?place1=providence%2C+ri&place2=boston%2C+ma Second closest State Capitals: New York, New York and Trenton, New Jersey: The distance between them is 53 miles (85 km) or 46 nautical miles. http://www.indo.com/cgi-bin/dist?place1=new+york+%2Cny&place2=trenton%2C+nj Coming in at a very close third place is the distance between Dover, Delaware and Annapolis, Maryland. The distance between them is 55 miles (88 km) or 47 nautical miles. http://www.indo.com/cgi-bin/dist?place1=dover%2C+de&place2=annapolis%2C+md I apologize for the error and extend my thanks to the sharp-eyed commenter for keeping me honest. Tutuzdad-ga``` Clarification of Answer by tutuzdad-ga on 11 Nov 2006 16:56 PST ```I stand humbly convicted. It's rare for anyone to make the same silly mistake twice in as many days like I did. Here's what I believe (and sincerely hope) is the accurate and final answer: Providence, Rhode Island and Boston, Massachusetts. The distance between them is 41 miles (66 km) or 36 nautical miles. http://www.indo.com/cgi-bin/dist?place1=providence%2C+ri&place2=boston%2C+ma The second closest State Capitals are Dover, Delaware and Annapolis, Maryland. The distance between them is 55 miles (88 km) or 47 nautical miles. http://www.indo.com/cgi-bin/dist?place1=dover%2C+de&place2=annapolis%2C+md Again, I am very sorry for the error. To the commenters below: as soon as I crawl out from under my rock I will put on my blindfold you may fire when ready. Tutuz-very embarrassed-Dad```
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